PHILADELPHIA - Bernard Hopkins had a lot to say during media day from his training camp in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
No, he didn’t go crazy over his illustrious career and he wasn’t posturing for anything.
But Hopkins was his usual blunt self during a half-hour interview session with reporters.
Hopkins, 45, has a chance to make history. He can become the oldest boxer to win a legitimate title if he beats Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) for his WBC light heavyweight title on December 18 in Quebec.
The fight will be broadcast on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m.
George Foreman was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer for the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles in 1994, but he was several months older than Hopkins.
Making history is something Hopkins isn’t taking likely.
“I’m proud to say I’m an example of good fortune, taking care of yourself and knowing the art of boxing,” Hopkins said. “The art of boxing is plain and simple: To hit and not get hit.”
Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) has certainly lived up to his philosophies on the sport. In 57 fights, Hopkins has been knocked down twice. And both of those were during a draw in his first fight with Segundo Mercado in 1995.
Aside from being a model of consistency and a physical specimen in the ring, Hopkins has prided himself in being the man of the people. You can catch him jogging along the wooded areas in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. He rarely, if ever, turns down autographs and is always willing to converse with his fans.
Said Hopkins: “How many athletes can actually train in their hometown, where people love you and respect you. Where you can go into Whole Foods, where my apartment is at and see people and they say 'aren’t you fighting'. They can touch me, they can see me [and] they can talk to me.”
As for Pascal, Hopkins said he knows what to expect. “He’s young,” Hopkins said. “If I was Pascal, I would jump on that old man and make him work…That’s an easy strategy.”
Hopkins said he expects Pascal to be aggressive. “His plan has to be that,” Hopkins said. “What other plan have you got, because you’re 28 years old. You’re not running.”