Bernard Hopkins Through The Years

May 22, 1993
Text: Bryan Armen Graham/
Photo: John Iacono/SI

May 22, 1993

"The Executioner" lost his pro debut to Clinton Mitchell in 1988 -- joining the likes of Alexis Arguello, Henry Armstrong, Billy Conn and Juan Manuel Marquez as Hall of Fame-caliber fighters who lost their first pro fight -- but ran off a string of 22 straight victories to earn a shot at the vacant IBF middleweight title against Roy Jones Jr., on the undercard of the Riddick Bowe-Jesse Ferguson fight at RFK Stadium.

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