Ahead of his last ever fight against Joe Smith Jr this Saturday, boxing legend Bernard Hopkins has ruled out becoming a trainer when he retires.
The 51-year-old bids farewell to the sport at The Forum in California, live on BoxNation, and last week discussed his future plans.
“I don’t have the patience [to be a trainer]. I’m a partner with Golden Boy, I’m also a talent colour commentator,” he said on Opie Radio in America.
“Why would I put a bucket in my hand, and a towel around my neck to be in a corner? That would take 100% of my time - and I’ve got a family.”
Aiming for his 56th professional victory this weekend, Hopkins is not overlooking Smith Jr, who caused a big upset last time out when knocking out Andrzej Fonfara in the first round.
“Joe Smith is a tough guy that has a knockout ratio of over 80%. He’s younger, he’s damned near undefeated and he’s a threat. Plus he’s a Long Island guy - there’s no p*ssies in Long Island!
Hopkins continued: “I’m expecting a young guy to do what young people do - use their youth, and use their inexperience to run into the fire without a hose in their hand!”
Towards the latter stages of his three-decade career, the Philadelphia fighter has constantly defied Father Time and he puts this solely down to his dedication.
“It ain’t a miracle. There are two words I don’t use in boxing - luck and miracles. We put time in, we train and we sacrifice,” he said.
Watch the full interview below:
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