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By Johnny Ortiz
RINGSIDE LA WITH JOHNNY ORTIZ
"QUEST FOR HISTORY
"THE EXECUTIONER VS THE GOLDEN BOY"
"Quest for History" is an appropriate name for the Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins -- Oscar "The Golden Boy: De La Hoya unification middleweight title fight. It will be the first time that four world championship belts will be on the line.
The Top Rank promotion will be fought at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18th, it will be shown on HBO PPV.
The history part of it would suit Oscar a lot more than it would Bernard. Oscar, in only his second fight at the middleweight limit, would indeed make boxing history if he were able to beat Bernard and unify the titles.
Hopkins has already made history during his reign as the ruler of his division. Against Oscar, he will be making the nineteenth defense of his crown, a record I do not think I will see a middleweight break in my lifetime, especially if he keeps adding to it. Bernard's ultimate goal is to successfully defend his crown twenty times and then retire. Bernard Hopkins is also universally regarded as the undisputed champion, holding the WBC/IBF/WBA versions of the middleweight title. The lightly regarded WBO crown would just add to Bernard's already awesome legacy. He already sits on top of the pound for pound throne. Most of the knowledgeable boxing people seem to be in unison. Even its former ruler, Roy Jones Jr. thinks Bernard belongs at the head of the list.