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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 June, 2005, 03:50 GMT 04:50 UK
Hopkins outlines retirement plan
Bernard Hopkins
Middleweight king Bernard Hopkins hopes to retire from boxing in January after avenging his defeat to Roy Jones Jr.

The 40-year-old legend defends his belts against undefeated Jermain Taylor on 16 July - a fight he says will be his last as a middleweight win or lose.

And he then plans to step up to light heavyweight to fight the winner of the Antonio Tarver v Glen Johnson bout before signing off against Jones.

"It's the only fight out there that makes sense," said Hopkins.

The American, who has 46 career wins from 49 contests, lost a decision to Jones in May, 1993.

"Roy Jones v Bernard Hopkins for the grand - it's the 12-year anniversary since we've been in the ring together.

"Let Roy rest up - we'll do it at 175lb so he doesn't have to kill himself to come down in weight."

Hopkins, a long-time champion at middleweight, said he wanted to challenge himself by moving up a couple of divisions for his last two bouts.

"I'm venturing back into dangerous waters where I'm not really comfortable," he said.


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