Tavoris Cloud was 6 years old when Bernard Hopkins made his professional debut. On Saturday (9:30 p.m. ET/PT, HBO) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the two men square off with the 48-year-old Hopkins looking to break his own record of becoming the oldest boxer to win a world title.
Hopkins admitted there were some aches and pains here and there during training, but said camp has gone well and sparring has gone well. His last time out, Hopkins lost a majority decision to Chad Dawson. That was last April, and the memory of dropping that close decision has him invigorated and ready to enter the ring.
"I'm very excited about getting in there, but I'm composed," Hopkins said. "There were little things I could have done in the Chad Dawson fight, but I don't believe that was a fight I clearly lost by a margin. I take that away and I'm motivated. There's a small force, one way or another, that's trying to force me out of the game."
There is a larger force that will try to take Hop...