Hopkins, Calzaghe Quotes

Joe CalzagheBernard Hopkins After being handed a cane (a ďgiftĒ from Enzo Calzaghe)Ö: Iím going to find something to do with it. Something Kinky. This is going to be my third assassination of a southpaw in the last year and a half. There is nothing for me to hype. Even my worst critics have to bow down and admit that Iím in great shape. The times have changes where 43 is not what it used to be. I donít have days off. I donít do anything to my templeómy bodyóthatís why Iím here. It comes from discipline that I got from a dark place 20 years ago.

Being an underdog, thatís not a negative to me. Thatís a positive. Everything I have I had to fight for. I was just handling my business and Iím watching the Calzaghe-Kessler fight. And after he wins, what does he say? ďI want to fight Bernard Hopkins.Ē So I put my teeth in, I rocked back in my rocking chair, took a pop of Geritol, and I call Richard Schaeffer and told him to make it happen..

Joe is not a spring chicken. Iím already a senior citizen. Heís knocking on the door.

Iíll be able to show the world how Iíll be missed when I leave the sport. Youíre going to see this athlete and man. Itís going to be an eye opener. And every time Iím not supposed to win I step up.

The competition that American and British fighters face is night and day. They get the residue of U.S. fighters.

Iím up for this fight for a lot of personal reasons. For me itís a cultural fight.

If he throws 1000 punches heís opening himself up to get hit 1000 times.

Joe Calzaghe

Itís my 11th year as world champion and I finally have arrived in America. Bernard was champion for nearly 11 years. Iím tremendously confident for this fight.

Bernard has never been stopped and thatís something that I think I can do.

I have no respect for my elders come this Saturday night.

I want to be the first person to knock him out and to put him into retirement.

Iím going to cut 1000 punches down to 500 or 600 punches and make them more powerful and punish him.

If I bring my A-game against anyone in the world I win. All I have to do is bring my best.

Bernard had to go to prison to be hard. To me thatís a sign of weakness. I donít have to go to prison to be hard. Heís been to prison, big deal. In the end youíre going to see a grown man cry.

When I walk in the ring Iím going to be the home fighterÖwith the support from my fans.

Nazim Richardson

Saturday night youíre going to see a great performance. Bernard is a legend and heís going to do what legends do.

With the assistant of Mackie (Shilstone) and Freddie (Roach) I was able to sit back and observe Bernard Hopkins. And there are no kinks in his armor.

With all Bernardís fights you see his punches land. You have seen guys labeled champions, and after they fight Bernard they have never fought the same way.


Hopkins vs. Calzaghe ďBattle of the Planet,Ē is presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Frank Warrenís Sports Network and the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink and Affliction Clothing. The 12-round light heavyweight championship fight between The Ring magazine champions for Hopkins' title, will air live from the Planet Hollywood Ring at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on HBOís World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET / 6:45 p.m. PT.

Article posted on 17.04.2008

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