Canadian trainer, manager and boxing analyst Russ Anber was on The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo today to talk about his fighter, David Lemieux, and Saturday's fight in Montreal between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal. Anber says that Lemieux won't fight again until the end of the year, probably, and he expects Pascal to turn up the heat on Hopkins this Saturday.
Light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal faces Bernard Hopkins on December 18 in Quebec City. More photos can be seen at Golden Boy's Facebook page.
Amir Khan, David Haye, Oscar de la Hoya, Michael Katsidis, Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley at yesterday's weigh-in. To keep things in order: Khan is hoping to fight Juan Manuel Marquez; Haye is probably going to fight Audley Harrison; Oscar is happy to pocket some coin for promoting; Katsidis wants to fight anyone, including Marquez and Khan; Bernard Hopkins is apparently over his tift with the Golden Boy gang; and Shane Mosley had a press conference yesterday for his September 18 PPV fight with Sergio Mora. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
"Come on, dog! Bute would knock Bernard Hopkins out. I have been telling y'all for years Hopkins is a fraud. He went from calling out David Haye, a heavyweight, to calling out Bute, who is a super middleweight. He saw something in Bute and wanted that fight. After last night, he may be asking for a Pavlik rematch. He's not going to want anything to do with Bute. Bernard Hopkins is a cross dresser." --James Toney, who also discusses the Klitschkos again, as well as Johnathon Banks with Percy Crawford of FightHype.com. (Photo by Al Bello / Getty Images)
"These motherfu**ers want me out. They are trying to stop me from working. They all want me out of the way, it’s their agenda against me." --Bernard Hopkins, speaking to Michael Marley of the Examiner. In this lone article, Hopkins claims Golden Boy is shafting him, he plays the race card, and says he's not under contract to Golden Boy, and hasn't been "since before the Pavlik fight." Go read the full article. (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
It's really happening. It's really here. Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. weighed in yesterday in Las Vegas. Both weighed in at the 175-pound limit for tonight's fight. (Photo by Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)
Promoters Lou DiBella and Gary Shaw had strong words about the Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. card this Saturday. "You expect people to tune in for three hours to watch that s---?" DiBella said. "That undercard," Shaw said, "is a disgrace." Plenty more interesting stuff in Chris Mannix's Sports Illustrated story.
My image of "The Executioner" Bernard Hopkins has been shattered by this one Facebook post. Social media is great in a lot of ways, but sometimes it's like a girl who wears too much revealing clothing. Nothing is left to the imagination anymore.
Roy Jones Jr. put out some press talk. Here's a highlight: "Bernard Hopkins is a shark. He’s a bottom feeder. He’s catfish. He’s waiting around for someone to die, then he’ll bite into it. If something is dead, he’ll try to taste it. If something is alive, he doesn’t want any part of it. If something is close to dead he’ll try to eat it." (Photo by Jarrett Baker / Getty Images)