Bernard Hopkins could step down to super-middleweight before he retires in 2015

Last Updated: 16/01/15 8:53am

Bernard Hopkins has hinted he will drop down to super-middleweight for the final year of his career.

"I feel like I'm a little past my peak, but not past my peak to the point where I'm headed down fast."

Bernard Hopkins

The American ring legend has been celebrating his 50th birthday this week and plans to hang up his gloves within the next 12 months.

In November, Hopkins was floored and bullied by Sergey Kovalev in a world title unification clash at light-heavyweight and is open to the idea of stepping down in weight.

A move to super-middleweight could put the veteran on a collision course with a number of British fighters as Carl Froch holds the WBA and IBF belts, while George Groves and James DeGale are on the brink of title shots.

Asked if he will fight again, Hopkins said: “I think it’s very possible this year. It’s 50-50 more on the positive side, yes absolutely.”

Discussing a switch to the 168lb weight class, he added: “Well absolutely. That has been talked about amongst the giants in TV world. I am comfortable at 168. In fact if you look at my last four fights, I came in well under 175.”

Bernard Hopkins recalls some of the highlights of his boxing career so far
Bernard Hopkins recalls some of the highlights of his boxing career so far

Hopkins, who became the sport’s oldest champion in 2010, admits he is on the decline but still feels he can compete with the best in boxing.

“I feel like I’m a little past my peak but not past my peak to the point where I’m headed down fast,” he said.

“Every year you lose something. It’s how you camouflage that so the other person won’t know and it’s how you deal with it. Eventually, everything in life that lives, must die like everything else. You must retire. You must stop doing what you used to do when you were a younger age.

“The time to walk away will be this year. I’ve said it multiple times in the last few days.”