Philadelphia boxer Bernard Hopkins receives Wanamaker Athletic Award

 Professional boxer Bernard Hopkins was awarded the

Professional boxer Bernard Hopkins was awarded the "John Wanamaker Athletic Award" today. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Bernard Hopkins, legendary boxer and Philadelphian, received the 2013 John Wanamaker Athletic Award Thursday at the Crystal Team Room in the Wanamaker Building for his record-breaking win for the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship title at the age of 48. 

Hopkins is the oldest boxer to win a world championship.


The award was presented by the Philadelphia Sports Congress to “the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.”

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Hopkins said he is honored to receive this award, and doesn’t seem to have any plans of giving up boxing just yet.

He says of his career, “I started pro at 20, got my first title at 35. . . but that wasn’t enough, I kept going. I’m having more fun at this stage of boxing than I did even in my 20s and 30s. Now I get a chance to enjoy it.” 

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