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Bernard Hopkins Speaks

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Bernard Hopkins: “I’m going to stand up because my legs are fresh. I’m a fifteen round fighter, but they don’t have that no more, it was abandoned 15-20 years ago. People asked before I came up to Canada, ‘Bernard, are you worried about the judges?’ I said no because I believe when you put on a show, no matter what I think, the world and the fans will see what they see. It doesn’t matter whether you’re from Canada, but there comes a time, no matter who you are, where you have to say that Bernard fought a hell of a fight and he believe’s he won. It’s alright to say that. It’s no crime speaking your mind. Your counterparts might not like it, but it’s okay. There’s one thing about TV. People from around the world, when they see what they see, it is what it is.

“I feel great. I fought a young man’s fight in a young man’s sport.

“I’m a bit different. I said promoting this fight that you all were going to see something that you haven’t seen from Bernard Hopkins. I got hit with shots, I took them. I got hit in the back of the hit, they called it a knockdown. I believe I hit him with a short right hand, they called it a slip. But I ain’t complaining. It’s a Canadian referee, okay.
You all seen it. A masterpiece. Taking the young guy to school. You saw a 45 year old come to Canada and get a draw. Just say the knockdowns were legitimate. I still get a draw in Canada. Don’t miss the facts. I come to his home town and suppose I get knocked down once or twice or whatever they said, I come to Canada and get a draw?
I’m not going anywhere. I’m a dangerous 45 year old fighter in history. You saw a young man’s fight tonight.

“I’m happy with my fight tonight because I fought my heart out. I got off the canvas, either legitimately or un-legitimately and fought a champion’s fight. You all seen my heart. You all saw I pushed the fight the last couple rounds. I pushed the fight; I had the young guy holding on. I’m not up here crying over spilt milk, the only thing we’re saying is that we thought Canada was a place you could come and whoever wins, wins. Whoever loses, loses.

“Pascal knew he was in a fight, he knew I wasn’t 45 years old, he knew he had to run to save his life and to save his belt….especially the last two rounds.

“This is a perfect fight for a senior citizen.

“Why would I (come back). Forget the age thing, although that’s impressive, I could hang my hat on that and say nothing after that. That’s impressive. I’m from the States, I come and fight a guy that’s 28 years old, young, strong, from Canada, in his home town, and I get a draw?

“I went to Quito Ecuador versus Segundo Mercado in 1994, suffered two knockdowns, I got up and knocked him down twice, they gave me one of them but didn’t give me two and guess what I got there? A draw! I fought him again and knocked him down in 5th (note actually 7th) round.

“I’m used to this but that doesn’t mean I should be happy about injustice. He was in a fight tonight, we saw a young guy running from an old grandpa.”

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