1. Beating Felix Trinidad (2001)

Hopkins – as he so often did – upset the odds to win the middleweight tournament, stopping Trinidad in the final round of their unification fight.

  1. Beating Jean Pascal (2011)

In an immediate rematch, Hopkins won the WBC light-heavyweight title from Pascal to become, at 46, the oldest world champion in history.

  1. Beating Antonio Tarver (2006)

After consecutive losses to Jermain Taylor, Hopkins bounced back by dominating a younger Tarver, revitalising his career in the process.

  1. Beating Oscar De La Hoya (2004)

Hopkins’ profile soared after he destroyed pay-per-view star De La Hoya with a ruthless body shot. Later they became business partners.

  1. Beating Kelly Pavlik (2008)

Immediately after his loss to Joe Calzaghe, Hopkins dismantled the unbeaten Pavlik to prove he was nowhere near washed up.

  1. Leaving prison (1988)

Following a five-year stretch in prison, Hopkins vowed to never again be behind bars, and committed to boxing.

  1. Beating Tavoris Cloud (2013)

Hopkins broke his own record as the oldest fighter to win a world title when he defeated heavy hitter Cloud at the age of 48.

  1. Beating Winky Wright (2007)

In a surprisingly entertaining scrap, Hopkins outpointed Wright at light-heavyweight.

  1. Beating Segundo Mercado (1995)

After drawing in their first meeting, Hopkins stopped Mercado in the return to win the IBF middleweight title – his first belt. He held onto it for 10 years.

  1. Beating Beibut Shumenov (2014)

Hopkins added the WBA light-heavyweight title to his IBF strap by outfoxing Shumenov and setting up a meeting with Sergey Kovalev.