By Karl Freitag
Former two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins said today on a conference call that when he dethrones IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud on March 9 in Brooklyn, Hall of Fame promoter Don King will have no more notable fighters in his stable and King will have to shut down his famed promotional company. “Who ever thought that Bernard Hopkins, out of anybody, not the mob, not the street people, not the fighters who have threatened him over the years, not the other promoters, all the other people Don King faced, he can tell you better than I can, whoever thought that it would be ME that would shut him down?” asked Hopkins. He advised longtime DKP employees to start looking for another job.
King responded, “Listen, my company has been here for 45 years. I’m helping Tavoris, and Tavoris is dedicated and committed to helping himself. You do not have to run out and find anyone to go out and give me whatever they do at other companies. When I get where I can tell my side of the story indicatively with backup, everyone will want to emulate and imitate. You’ve got to be able to understand that I’m working because America gave me the opportunity to work. I love this country, I love what it stands for and we’re going to make what it stands for come back. My company will not be out of business if Tavoris does anything…”
Cloud indicated King has nothing to worry about from the 48-year-old Hopkins. “I don’t think any fighter can stay young forever no matter how hard they try and it’s evident that he’s slowed down in the last couple years, he’s definitely slowing down.”