By Clive Bernath: Former three time world champion Bernard Hopkins has issued a warning to IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and his veteran promoter Don King ahead of his March 9 world title challenge at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The 48 year old has not only warned Cloud not to write him off because of his advancing years but also hopes he has fully prepared to face the fast talking fighter from Philadelphia.
"Some people are trying to write my destiny, but when you see a guy that has a track record that has proven to be more right than wrong over 28 years, Cloud has to say that he has a challenge. In reality, he is going to have to train harder than he ever has before.
"[To Cloud] If you ain’t ready now, seven or eight weeks out, then you’re in trouble.
Hopkins Added: "Age is not an enemy to me. The clock is not something to try to stop. The man upstairs can’t even do that. You can get the daylight to be earlier or the darkness to be later, but the clock has to move forward.
"People will always tell me, ’You can’t do this. You can’t do that.’ When I hear that, it gives me motivation. I know there are some things in life that are out of reach. Some people are not capable of doing certain things. I have been doing this half of my life. I know what I am capable of.
"I’m letting you all know that the smart money goes on me. The other money goes somewhere else. If you want to bet against me, that’s your prerogative.
"[To Cloud] You’re 20 years younger than me, but you are looking at the number, not looking at the man.
Hopkins even had a few words of wisdom for Cloud’s promoter Don King. King is arguably the greatest boxing promoter that has ever lived and Hopkins is adamant that when he beats Cloud the result will also send King into retirement.
"After I beat Cloud, Don King will have to pawn his jacket [to make money], and that jacket is just as old as me,” joked Hopkins.
"[To Cloud] Don King is going to make sure you do your business. His empire is on your shoulders. You’re the last horse. There’s no one left in the stable.
"[To Don King] Enjoy your day because after March 9, there will be a big celebration of your long lasting promotional legacy as I send you into retirement."
January 24, 2013