Bernard Hopkins Headlines Armory Fight Card

Legendary Boxer Seeks to Make History in D.C.

Stacy M. Brown | 3/7/2014, 9:24 a.m. | Updated on 3/19/2014, 3 p.m.
Bernard Hopkins will attempt to become the oldest fighter in history to unify a world title.
IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins (left) and WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov pose on March 12, 2014, at the BB King Blues Club in New York City during the press conference for their April 19 world title unification bout at the D.C. Armory in Washington, which will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing. (Rich Kane/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)

“What I think came from Bernard Hopkins’ [visit] was that as he walked around the D.C. Armory, he saw he had a lot of fans enchanted with his boxing career [who] wanted to see him fight in D.C. So we’re happy to bring this world championship event to D.C. and we’re looking forward to a great fight,” Irving said.

In what’s billed as the co-main event, undefeated World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will defend his title for the third time when he meets European titleholder and former champ Lukas Konecny.

At 30-0 with 22 knockouts, Quillin has become one of the more interesting participants the Sweet Science has had in years, recording 11 knockdowns in his last three title fight wins.

Konecny, whose record stands at 50-4 with 23 knockouts, is a crafty veteran and former Olympian. He’s never been knocked out.

“D.C. is a great fight town, and hosting a fight of this caliber will certainly add to the rich history of professional boxing in the nation's capital,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division, which operates the D.C. Armory and RFK Stadium.

“It’s great to see the D.C. Armory come alive again with big-time boxing, and we look forward to continuing this tradition.”

Tickets for the event, which begins with an undercard at 9 p.m., are $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300. They are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The D.C. Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.