Most fighters go up in weight. Bernard Hopkins isn't most fighters. The 50-year-old former middleweight and light heavyweight champion is looking to move down to super middleweight and become a three-weight world champion.
"[I'm looking to fight] at 168; I want to be a three-weight world champion. I jumped over 168 and never went back down. Right now, I'm weighing 174½. I feel good. I would like to fight Froch. He brings a fan base like I bring and I think I have a fan base on both sides of the world."
It has to be said, of course, that Froch vacated his IBF title earlier this year, and was recently stripped of his WBA "world" title, so if Hopkins is looking to win a belt, he's barking up the wrong tree with Carl Froch.
For world titles, Hopkins' choices at 168 would currently be Andre Ward, who finally returns on June 20 against Paul Smith and is the WBA "super world" champion; Badou Jack, who recently won the WBC title and has a mandatory against George Groves likely to come this year; Arthur Abraham, the WBO titleholder who faces Robert Stieglitz for a fourth time on July 18; and the winner of the May 23 fight between James DeGale and Andre Dirrell, which is for the vacant IBF title.
It might be hard for Hopkins to face Jack or Dirrell, as they are both with Al Haymon, and Hopkins is a promoter for Golden Boy Promotions, which is currently suing Haymon. Hopkins has said in the past that he'd never fight Ward, but he also said he'd retire when he turned 40. The Abraham-Stieglitz winner could be possible, maybe. You never really know what roadblocks might come up.
Do you see Hopkins getting a shot at a belt at 168, and if he does, can he win yet again? (Or, I guess, will he?)