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Middleweight champ eager for 'risk' vs. heir apparent

Updated: April 6, 2005, 11:22 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, universally considered the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound, is serious about making the most of his final year in the ring.

That's why Hopkins, who's planning to retire after a final bout just before his 41st birthday in January, is going to fight Jermain Taylor, widely regarded as the heir apparent to the middleweight throne.

After weeks of negotiations, the camps have come to terms, Hopkins told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

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