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The Weird, Wonderful World Of Bernard Hump...

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The weird, wonderful world of Bernard Humphrey Hopkins
Steve Bunce - ESPN


This Saturday, two months shy ofhis 50th birthday, Bernard Hopkins defends his WBA super and IBF light-heavyweight titles against WBO champion and the terror of world boxing, Sergey Kovalev, the unbeaten Russian who has knocked out 23 of his 25 victims to date.

What makes Hopkins take such ridiculous risks? What makes him tick? What makes him special? It's complicated, but here are 49 tiny snippets into the world and mind of Bernard Humphrey Hopkins:
School of hard knocks

1. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison when he was just a 17-year-old kid.
2. He had been in and out of court in Philadelphia 30 times in 2 years. 3. He started to box at Graterford Penitentiary and was simply: Prisoner Y4145.
4. He turned professional when he was released at the age of 23.
5. He lost his first professional fight in Atlantic City against Clifton Mitchell.
6. He took a break of 18 months after the loss, lost six pounds and won his second fight.
7. He only lost once more in the next 15 years.
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