Hopkins, Shumenov prepared for April 19
- Updated: April 17, 2014
With only days left until their title fight, Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov took some time at Wednesday’s media workout to discuss the upcoming battle.
At the age of 49, Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO) still appears to have top-notch skills as evidence by his current reign as IBF light heavyweight champion. He credits his disciplined lifestyle as one of the main reasons as to why he is still at the top of the sport.
“A lot of it has to do with just what I do and don’t put in my body,” Hopkins said. “A lot of long-term discipline and staying the course, and not derailing many times during down time, or binging on things that aren’t good for you. I think that plays a big role in longevity.”
After demolishing Tamas Kovacs, Shumenov has established himself as a hard hitter. Hopkins knows Shumenov is going to try to do the same to him.
“I’ll say that Shumenov is saying the right things because anything else contrary to that would hurt the fight and will not help ticket sales. People want to see you when you’re still relevant, so to me this is the time to show and perform on a worldwide stage.
“Shumenov wants to make a name for himself by defeating me,” Hopkins said. “All the young guns want to make it big, and beating me would do that for Shumenov, but that’s not going to happen.”
With this being Shumenov’s (14-1, 9 KO) first time on the big stage, he is certainly not taking the opportunity for granted.
“I haven’t missed any days of training,” Shumenov said. “Every day after my workout my body was exhausted and the next day I was always excited to go to the gym. Every day was valuable for me, every day I saw improvement. It made me happy to go to the gym.”
Here are some quotes from the other fighters who will be in action on Showtime’s tripleheader this Saturday night:
SHAWN PORTER, IBF Welterweight World Champion
“I’m excited to being fighitng in D.C. for the first time. I’ve been training well and the team is working very hard. We’re excited to get out there Saturday night and show what we can do.
“Paulie is a good fighter, he’s skillful, crafty and smart. I have everything it takes to beat him, I’m just as fast, just as quick. We’re going to go after him Saturday night.”
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI, NABF Welterweight Champion
“I enjoy being here, it’s experience. I fought in D.C. in the amateurs, and this is my first time as a professional. So this is a great welcome back.
“I think Bernard can do amazing things at his age, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he continues to do that for many more fights.
“Shawn Porter is a young, hungry guy who wants to make his mark on the sport, but I’m in his way. He’s aggressive. He’s got a certain physicality, but we’ll be ready for him.”
PETER QUILLIN, WBO Middleweight World Champion
“I’ve been in there working on my ability and showing what I can do. Nobody can beat me.
“What do I know about my opponent? I know he’s bald and that he’s from the Czech Republic. I also know he has a white hat on today and that he didn’t want to say ‘hello’ to me.
“This is a business, and when you get out of the ring, you’re going to get your check. There’s nothing emotionally involved in that. I just know that I’m coming here to handle business.
“I trained superbly for this fight. I know I have a lot riding on me, and that doesn’t discourage me. I just know that I have to work hard, and stay focused, hungry, and motivated, and stay inspirational to my fans. That’s what it’s all about.”
LUKAS KONECNY, WBO European Champion & Former WBO Interim Junior Middleweight Champion
“I expect a first class fight, he’s a good champion but not a great one. I want to take the belt home with me.
“I’m training twice a day, like I’ve done for over 20 years. I’ve got a lot of experience. I’ve been wathcing his fights with my trainer and I think we have a great plan.”
The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing telecast takes place at the DC Armory in Washington D.C. on Saturday, April 19 and begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT.