In this corner: Ripley's wax figure of boxer Bernard Hopkins
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Ripley's Entertainment has unveiled the wax figure of boxer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins that was made at its Orlando headquarters.

The reveal was part of the build-up to Hopkins' bout with Chad Dawson in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Hopkins received "believe it or not" status by becoming the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a major world championship. At 46 years old, he defeated Jean Pascal, 28, in May, besting the record set by George Foreman 16 years ago.

Ripley's has not announced which of its odditoriums the new figure will take permanent resident. A replica is being made for Hopkins' personal use.

"I look forward to having the figure in my trophy room alongside my belts and other boxing memorabilia," Hopkins said. "I am going to put it under a beautiful light, but it is not going to be too hot for fear of melting my better half."

For more about the making of Bernard Hopkins' wax figure by Ripley's in Orlando, click here.