Two things Bernard Hopkins can do better than most human beings is talk and fight, and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud is not fazed by either.
The 31 year-old champion defends his title for the fifth time against Hopkins at the Barclays Center in New York on March 3 and Cloud is looking forward to the challenge from the 48 year-old champion
"I am willing to accept the challenge. I don’t duck. I don’t run” said Cloud.
"On March 9, I’ll be in great shape. I’ll be here to put on the fight on my life.
"People ask me if I’m worried about Bernard’s experience, his tricks and this and that. He might have more tricks than me, but I’m going to throw punches. You have to throw punches to win fights. I’m definitely going to win the fight by throwing punches.
"Training camp is going well. I’m going to be in the best shape of my life. I’m going to bring my A plus game.
"Hopkins doesn’t faze me. He’s up there banging on the podium and yelling. It just goes in one ear and out the other.
"My opinion is that he’s talking to convince himself and motivate himself. It isn’t directed at me.
"I’m game for his experience. I’m not inexperienced myself. If he’s going to be dirty with me, I can be dirty right back.
"I think Don won the war of words against Bernard. Don got into Bernard’s head. Don got Bernard thinking about what he was saying, not the other way around."