Bernard Hopkins will turn 50 in January, and on Saturday night, he was overpowered and beaten conclusively by Sergey Kovalev, leaving open the question of whether or not he'll continue his career.
There isn't a lot of question that Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KO) can fight on if he wants to do so, but whether or not he wants to, or sees any need to do so.
Hopkins told HBO's Max Kellerman after the fight that he won't make a decision just yet.
"I won't disclose anything now. It's 50-50 what I'm gonna do," Hopkins said. "I've done more than anybody expected me to do in my whole career. I'm fine. I represented boxing well and Philadelphia well. I'm gonna think about it. It's been 50-50 for the last nine years, when I turned 40."
Kovalev offered his quick opinion that if Hopkins fights Adonis Stevenson, he'll win the WBC light heavyweight and Ring Magazine titles from him, but also said he feels Hopkins should retire and give younger fighters opportunities. Of course, Hopkins has been an old man giving younger guys opportunities for a decade now (well, not the Roy Jones rematch).
Does Bernard have one more run left in his 50s? Should he go out now without any embarrassing "old man" performance weighing down the end of his career?