Bernard Hopkins (born January 15, 1965) - nicknamed The Executioner - is a professional boxer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, regarded by experts to be one of the best middleweight fighters of all time.
He is also considered a strategic mastermind inside the ring. His defensive skills along with underrated power made him a dominant force in the middleweight division.
Until his controversial losses to Jermain Taylor in July and December 2005, Hopkins was the undisputed holder of the championship belts from all 4 major sanctioning bodies (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO). In addition, he was awarded the coveted linear Ring Belt after defeating Felix Trinidad in September 2001. On June 10, 2006 he defeated Antonio Tarver to become The Ring light heavyweight champion. His career record stands at 47 wins, four losses, one draw, and one no contest with 32 knockouts.