Hopkins to face Wright

LAS VEGAS - Bernard Hopkins, who spent a decade as middleweight champion, tries to prove he is still a title contender at 42 when he faces former world junior middleweight champion Winky Wright in July.

LAS VEGAS - Bernard Hopkins, who spent a decade as middleweight champion, tries to prove he is still a title contender at 42 when he faces former world junior middleweight champion Winky Wright in July.

Hopkins, the self-styled "Executioner", comes out of retirement here on July 21 to face 35-year-old southpaw Wright, who has not lost since 1999, in a light-heavyweight match-up of US veterans.

"I'm going to beat you so bad you will never come back," Wright taunted at a Saturday news confernce. "On July 21, Bernard Hopkins is going back into retirement."

Hopkins plans to keep Father Time at bay and punish Wright, who has not lost in 13 fights since falling to Fernando Vargas eight years ago.

"I'm your grandfather. You're going to get beat up by a 42-year-old man," Hopkins told Wright. "Nobody wants to be known for getting their ass kicked by a senior citizen.

"I respect your record. I don't respect you. You want to stop my plans for the future. You want to send me into retirement. I can't let some guy named Winky Stinky beat me." - Sapa-AFP

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