Hopkins: Trainer Deserves Praise for Kovalev’s Success

by David P. Greisman

Bernard Hopkins was already quite familiar with Sergey Kovalev’s trainer before he stepped into the ring with the light heavyweight titleholder. After all, Hopkins had stopped John David Jackson — who held belts in two divisions — way back in 1997. And after Jackson retired, he worked as a member of Hopkins’ team.

Hopkins had taken aim at this before the bout.

“How can a teacher teach a student and the teacher flunked the test too?” Hopkins had asked.

But the student wound up shutting out Hopkins, who went on to praise Jackson for what he did to prepare Kovalev.

“He has a [future] Hall of Fame trainer who worked with me and I worked with him, and that’s John David Jackson,” Hopkins said. “John David Jackson … is a student of the game, and he comes from the school of the game, and he had just as much training in Philadelphia when he lived there for many years, like myself. You got to look at his teacher, too. Not a trainer. A teacher. And now you got to look at what the product has become.

“You can’t take Sergey for granted, because you know he got a good teacher,” Hopkins said. “That played out today. You have to give him credit and applause because he did a fine job.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=marvel;15091340]Man listen, think about that statement, you ain't got no business being in the ring even at 40. Top 100 fo sho.[/QUOTE] Lol! BHop belongs in the Top 10 on the "Aliens" list along with Chad Dawson and Jermain Taylor.…

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=***1048;ATAS;15091314] Anyone saying top 10 ATG I think don't have a good grasp on the history of the sport. I think many people were saying IF he beat Kovalev then therewwould have been a good case, but even then it's…

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;15091282] Perhaps, but I still feel like that has to be taking into context. Hopkins beat Pascal, but other than that, there's really not a good name on his record since Pavlik. It's not like he's been beating A or…

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=texasboi15;15091221]John David Jackson is one of my favorites to listen to in between rounds. Constantly teaching. Wide eyed lol[/QUOTE] I like watching him during those times too. You could see he really cares for his fighters. If you remember the…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=Rip Chudd;15090562]I think he was buying into his own hype. While he was winning, he wasn't exactly fighting real good fighters. Kovalev isn't a Murat or Cloud, he's the real deal. I think this just showed Hopkins that at his…

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