Hopkins: Enjoy that you can see me now
- Updated: November 4, 2014
There’s no question that Bernard Hopkins is headed to into the Hall of Fame upon his eligibility after retirement. However, the nearly 50-year old isn’t done just yet and while he remains in the sport, will continue trying to defy the odds in search for more greatness.
On Saturday night, Hopkins will attempt to unify the light heavyweight titles when he takes on fellow titlist Sergey Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“There are so many things I’ve done that the world of boxing has witnessed. It’s going to be difficult for the boxing people to pick one of my performances as the best,” said Hopkins at his training camp on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’ve done so many unpredictable things and so profoundly. Even the people who want to go against me, are afraid to go against me. They’ve been wrong so many times. A lot of them are just being mum right now. They must feel I can still do things.”
And going against him, many have. He’s been expected to lose to champions like Felix Trinidad, Kelly Pavlik, and Antonio Tarver, which he handled easily, and despite close losses to the likes of Chad Dawson, Joe Calzaghe and Jermain Taylor, he has remained a rather dominant figure in the sport, while continuing to outclass fighters like Tavoris Cloud, Jean Pascal and others.
“This is a great position to be in. I don’t really believe there is any fighter, in any decade that can be in my position of luxury that I’ve been in for many years,” added Hopkins.
“Early on in my career I had the kind of anxious where you couldn’t sleep at night. That anxiousness is like a virus we all have in us. Some you can deal with but some will wipe you out.”
“The Pavlik fight was the first time I heard the masses put the word knockout attached to my opponent. I’m real keen on what people say. Ninety percent of it might be garbage, but something in there might be the plan. That woke me up and I knew I wanted to destroy.”
As he prepares to take on Kovalev, the doubters will surely point to Kovalev’s murderous punching power as one of the biggest factors of the fight. However, Kovalev also lacks the one thing that has given Hopkins some issues in his tight losses – speed. Kovalev isn’t faster than Hopkins, which may prove to be the one advantage Hopkins can exploit. But whether or not Hopkins can outsmart a fighter like “The Krusher” is besides the point. He’s already established his legacy in the sport of boxing and taking on yet another huge challenge when he doesn’t need to, shows the kind of fighter he is.
“I didn’t need to take any fight for the last 10 years. But I’ve always fought the best and I’ve always wanted to prove myself to the best,” explained Hopkins.
“I always not only want push the envelope in my career but I also have an itch for going against the grain.
“Enjoy that you can see me now. I would love to see the great Michael Jordan and Julius Erving in their younger days, but they’re gone. Look at me at 50, I’m going to eat right and live right so I can take less punches and look normal.
“This fight isn’t about boxing, it’s something deeper than that.”