Advertisement
Advertisement

Hopkins: I'm Fighting Real Dudes, Not Cream Puffs

Boxing's oldest ever world champion Bernard Hopkins believes he will once again make history as he looks to unify the light-heavyweight division this weekend.

Hopkins has already made a profound statement in boxing, reigning as one of the world's top middleweights for over a decade, before moving up the weight classes to finally become the fight game's oldest champion.

Having initially dethroned George Foreman of that title back in 2011, when he captured the WBC and IBO light-heavyweight belts at the age of 46 against Jean Pascal, the Philadelphian recently broke his own record when he beat Tavoris Cloud at 48 to win the IBF crown.

Now though, the boxing icon faces another momentous task as he looks to unify the 175-pound division when he faces off against WBA Super champion Beibut Shumenov on Saturday, with Hopkins (54-6-2 32KOs) urging fans to enjoy him while he is still around.

"To be 49-years-old, approaching 50, and knocking on the door of being a senior citizen - it's a profound statement of my dedication," said Hopkins.

"It's sweeter now to be here with everybody. Everything I do is history. If you had one more chance to see something that you loved before you never see it again - here I am. You'll have a chance to see history. You can tell your grandkids about what you saw."

The skilled veteran is determined to remain at the top and fighting the best, despite the challenges a battle with Shumenov presents.

"Name another athlete in this country that is doing it at this age and winning, not just competing, but fighting the top fighters in the world. This guy is no run-of-the-mill guy, he's a threat," Hopkins said.

"I'm not fighting a cream puff; this isn't a bum of the month club. I'm fighting real dudes. These guys are hardcore, hungry and top contenders.

"Shumenov wants to make a name, like everyone else. What better place to make a name than against me?"

The light-heavyweight division is packed with some of boxing's leading names, including knockout artists Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev.

Both hold the other recognised world titles in the division, with the prospect of capturing all the belts and becoming only the second fighter since Evander Holyfield to unify two separate divisions with every championship an alluring one for the ageless Hopkins.

"It [prospect of unifying the division] gets me a lot more energised than my last two fights but those last two fights played a role to get energised," he said.

"To me, this isn't the climax, this is the pre-climax and as far as I'm concerned it's where I need to be and where I had to go through to get here in the last year or two, to be patient, to fight my mandatory and to show people.

"I wanted it to be Kovalev but they chose to fight [Nathan] Cleverly, smart move, good management. Now, we're here, and I'm looking to show the world that I might be the second or the first boxer in any division that became undisputed in two weight classes in modern times.

"I love history and I love trying to break records that have been set for multiple years because I believe I have a history of doing that, and this is energising too."

The American's disciplined lifestyle is the driving force behind his success that is seeing him not only remain competitive in his twilight years but still held in high regard as one of boxing's truly elite fighters.

"Taking the test without studying is like taking a fight without being in the gym. The gym is studying. The test is April 19," said Hopkins.

"You can put the cart in front of the horse if you're a fool and I think people would agree I'm no fool.

"I'm a guy that loves the craft and respects the craft. You can love something, but it doesn't mean you respect it. Love is the emotional part - respect is the dedication and hard work. That attitude and that demeanour is always going to be there. That's just who I am."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 04-18-2014

Shumenov is ordinary and is slow. Hopkins' sticking around this sport for these type of fighters and thinks he is doing something out of this world. I am not fooled.

Comment by mobstarik on 04-18-2014

Shumenov can make an upset here. Hope he does. He's morale is strong despite of B-Hop's "mind games".

Comment by richardt on 04-18-2014

[QUOTE=kingfaze19;14439594][QUOTE=jvsnypes;14439283] thats why youre just a bitter hater..hopkins and mayweather would be doing the same in any era.[/QUOTE]Hopkins could have competed in the Hagler and Monzon era's, and possibly beat both, maybe even probably, but Mayweather would have been between…

Comment by MDPopescu on 04-18-2014

B-Hop is my hero... ... But heroes should rather shut up... They have other tasks to undertake.

Comment by WilkinsOlajuwon on 04-18-2014

The math is simple: If you dont respect Hopkins' career you are a poser.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (37)
Top Headlines Marcos Maidana, Robert Garcia To Sit Down and Discuss Future Artie Pelullo Sees a Very Big Future For Ruben Villa Mikey Garcia Eyes Gold: I Want Terry Flanagan's WBO Title! Team Frampton Had Secret Weapon in Camp For Santa Cruz Kim Poulsen Gets Career Back on Track, Training at Wild Card Photos: Mikey Garcia vs. Rojas, Malignaggi vs. Bracero - Face Offs Photos/Weights: Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams, More Photos: Leo Santa Cruz, Frampton Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Gennady Golovkin in Beast Mode For Kell Brook Clash Lee Baxter Promotions Brings Boxing Back To Toronto Flanagan vs. Verdejo Ordered By The WBO, Says Frank Warren Santa Cruz: I Won't Be Like Quigg, I'll Force Frampton To Fight! Hatton Warns Harrison That Rabchenko Will Make Statement Joseph Diaz Reflects on Velez Win, Talks Strategy Against Proa Ed Brown Returns To The Ring Against Venegas in Indiana Santa Cruz Hopes Mares Overcomes Eye Issue; Wants Rematch Josh Warrington: I Want Lee Selby More Than Anyone Else Amir Khan: I'll Fight Conor McGregor To Prove I'm a Real Man! Roach: If He's 100%, Pacquiao Would Destroy Floyd Mayweather! Joseph Diaz vs. Josh Warrington Clash Eyed By Golden Boy Dusty Harrison vs. Thomas 'Cornflake' Lamanna on Sept. 16 Lee Selby Will Have a Ringside Eye on Santa Cruz vs. Frampton Pacquiao Says Comeback is NOT About Money, But Passion Khan on Canelo: He Weighed 187 With Me - Fight Golovkin! Marlon Tapales To Receive Hero's Welcome For Title Win Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton: Ring the Damn Bell Amir Khan Aims For Danny Garcia Mandatory Shot in January Miguel Cotto Officially Passes on Marquez Over Weight Dispute Mikey Garcia: You're Going To See a Better Version of Me! Joseph Diaz: Liam Smith is a Very Tough Fight For Canelo Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Thomas Williams Size Up at Presser Carl Frampton: Everyone Expects Me To Lose, I'll Get The Upset! Dorticos To Shumenov: You Paper Champ, Stop Running Chicken Photos: Margarito, Alvarez Go Face To Face at Presser Video: Leo Santa Cruz Ready For War With Carl Frampton Amir Khan: Arum is Bitter, He's Scared To Do The Pacquiao Fight! Photos: Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Malignaggi, Garcia Workouts Photo: Kell Brook Embraces VADA Testing For Golovkin Shot Amnat Ruenroeng Vows To Get Olympic Gold For His Family Photos: Andre Ward Cheers on Kevin Durant, Team USA
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement