There’s rarely a dull moment when WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is holding court. If that sounds like a cliché, so be it. But it’s the truth. Hopkins is as profound as they come and was at his best during the press conference promoting his fight against Chad Dawson, set for October 15 at the Staples Center on HBO ppv.
At 46 years of age, there isn’t much Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) hasn’t seen in his career, a fact that he frequently reminds everyone of.
“Age and wisdom cannot be compromised. I have a PhD in what I do,” said Hopkins. “It says that I am 46 years old on my birth certificate. It can be argued that I m 10 years younger than I actually am.”
Hopkins played down the age difference between him and Dawson, 29, who scored a unanimous-decision win over Adrian Diaconu last May. Dawson lost the WBC title in a previous fight to Jean Pascal.
“When you look at my resume and then you look at Chad's resume, it is like looking at Harvard and community college,” said Hopkins. “No disrespect to community college.”
With just one loss on is record, Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) is convinced Hopkins’ age will finally catch up with him. “I don't see any way Bernard can beat me. I have thought that for the last three years and I still think that now,” said Dawson. “Bernard better be on his A-game that night because I am going to be on mine.”
It will be the first PPV fight for Dawson, who said he’s been “chasing this fight for three years”.
Said Dawson: “I am excited to be here. I feel better than ever. I’m problem free and stress free. I’m a new Chad. This is my ultimate dream. I’m excited.”
The rest of the card should prove to be just what the doctor ordered for boxing. Antonio DeMarco (25-2, 18 KOs) will take on Jorge Linares (31-1-1, 20 KOs) in a lightweight bout, while former world champ Kendall Holt (27-4, 15 KOs) continues his climb back to the top with an exciting junior welterweight bout against Danny Garcia (21-0, 14 KOs).
Said Holt: "I am happy Danny Garcia took this fight. In order to become the best you have to beat the best and I am one of the best. I looked at Garcia when he was coming up and I said this kid has a lot of potential. I can't wait to see this kid in the future. Golden Boy Promotions has done a good job with him. They have gotten him the right fights...up until now.”
Garcia was beaming with confidence.
“Brother Naazim Richardson told me when I was very young that everybody gets their chance to eat at the table, not everyone gets to eat at once,” said Garcia. “He told me that one day you will get that chance, and I think this is my time to eat.”