Kovalev’s Trainer: Hopkins Showed I’m In His Head

by David P. Greisman

In the days before Bernard Hopkins was to step in with fellow light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev, Hopkins took aim at Kovalev’s trainer, John David Jackson, a retired two-division beltholder whom Hopkins stopped way back in 1997.

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

Jackson responded to the day before the bout, saying Hopkins’ words didn’t bother him — and actually showed that it was Jackson who was bothering Hopkins.

“I didn’t mind that, because that let me know that all the things I’ve been saying about him have gotten inside his head,” Jackson said on the day before the bout. “You’re worrying more about me than you are about this guy you’re fighting. You better worry about him and not worry about me. When the bell rings, I go down the steps. I got no problem with you. You got a problem with him. It let me know that all the things I’ve been saying have gotten inside his head and have been messing with him now.”

One reason Hopkins may be taking aim at Jackson is because Kovalev, who knows some English but doesn’t speak it as his first language, may not understand all of Hopkins’ taunts.

“He could care less,” Jackson said. “I could care less. I’m not fighting him. Those days are gone. I can’t get that revenge for this kid. So I’m cool with that.”

Pick up a copy of David’s book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at or internationally at Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weebler I on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=Cuban Linx;15086231]Looks like JDJ got the last laugh after all.[/QUOTE] yep Jackson outfoxed him, no one expected Kovalev to try to outbox Hopkins

Comment by Cuban Linx on 11-09-2014

Looks like JDJ got the last laugh after all.

Comment by Foreign Soil on 11-09-2014

You were in his ear too, yelling things like "He's hurt! His feints are slow!". Naazim lost his voice early in the fight. JDJ dominated Naazim like Kovalev dominated Hopkins.

Comment by boliodogs on 11-08-2014

My comment is Hopkins is a great fighter but he is 49 and fighting a hell of a 31 year old. I think Kovalev wins and probably by KO or DQ.

Comment by b morph on 11-08-2014

? ? ? ? How has Jackson gotten into Hopkins head? People look into these things way too much none of that has happened.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (13)
Top Headlines Nacho: Canelo Needs The "Perfect Fight" To Beat Golovkin Subriel Matias vs. Breidis Prescott Set For August 18 Photos: Andrade, Vargas, Hooker, Roman Join Hearn, DAZN Photos: Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller - Confrontation in NYC Jarrell Miller-Artur Szpilka in Play For October 6 in Chicago Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Go Face To Face Cindy Serrano Confident That She Will Shock Katie Taylor Chocolatito Solves Visa Issue, Hopes For September Return Joshua Warns Miller: Anyone is Welcome To Come Get The Smoke! Hearn: Greatest Thing To Happen To U.S. Boxing in a Long Time! Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller Erupt in Heated Confrontation Ryan Burnett, Mikhail Aloyan Confirmed For WBSS Season 2 DAZN Fighter Signings, Event Dates, Service Price Revealed Parker's Trainer: We Want 'Fair Referee' For Dillian Whyte Fight Usyk: On Saturday, People Will See Everything From Me Whyte-Parker: Joe Joyce Rules Himself Out, Reveals Trainer Split Pacquiao Coach Would Love Amir Khan Showdown at Wembley Hurd's Coach: Charlo Panics in Tough Spots - We'll Exploit That! Pacquiao: I Don't Know Yet About Fighting Keith Thurman Frank Warren: Fury Has The Tools To Beat Them All Comfortably Trainer: Pacquiao Proved Doubters Wrong, There are Many Haters Charlie Flynn Believes it is Time To Talk Usyk vs. Gassiev - Full World Boxing Super Series Card Price: Joshua Did Not Knock Takam Out Cold - Povetkin Did Hearn: The Offer To Deontay Wilder Will NOT Be Improving! Ken Shiro Looks Forward To a Long Reign as Champion Dooley Noted: The Diminishing of Yorkies, Undercards, PPVs Bivol Prepares For Chilemba, Admits He Has One Eye on Kovalev Pacquiao: I'm Addicted To Boxing - I Want To Defend My Belt! Berchelt vs. Roman in Talks For October Date on HBO Lomachenko's Manager Gives Update on Rehabilitation, Return Hearn: Wilder Has To Ask - 'Do I Really Believe I Can Beat Joshua?' Eduardo Hernandez Targets Francisco Vargas Eliminator Arum Will Speak With Pacquiao About Crawford, Lomachenko Usyk, Gassiev Arrive in Moscow - Ready For WBSS Final Nelson: Povetkin is a Serious, Serious Threat For Anthony Joshua Floyd Mayweather Tops Forbes Richest Celebrities List Hearn: Povetkin Extremely Dangerous, AJ Will Make a Statement Fabian Maidana vs. Andrey Klimov Lands on Garcia-Easter News: Mykquan Williams, Roney Hines, Frank Galarza, More

Latest Active Forum Threads