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Hopkins vs Shumenov: Media workout photos and quotes with B-Hop and Zachary Ochoa

Bernard Hopkins defends his IBF light heavyweight title against WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov on April 19, with 140-pound prospect Zachary Ochoa also on the card.

BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

"If you don't respect your job, it's going to disrespect you and kill you.

"To be 49-years-old, approaching 50 and knocking on the door of being a senior citizen. It's a profound statement of my dedication.

"It's sweeter now to be here with everybody. Everything I do is history. If you had one more chance to see something that you loved before you never see it I am. You'll have a chance to see history. You can tell your grandkids about what you saw today at Danny Garcia's gym.

"Taking the test without studying is like taking a fight without being in the gym. The gym is studying. The test is April 19. You can put the cart in front of the horse if you're a fool and I think people would agree I'm no fool.

"I'm a guy that loves the craft and respects the craft. You can love something, but it doesn't mean you respect it. Love is the emotional part; respect is the dedication and hard work. That attitude and that demeanor is always going to be there. That's just who I am.

"I'm still having fun. That's the thing that a lot of us miss. I'm having more fun now than when I was in the middle or beginning of my career. There were a lot more things I had to go through in my life, but I'm having more fun now than I had in the last 16 years. Since about 40-years-old, we're talking nine years later. It's a big deal. I don't want to downplay it.

"Name another athlete in this country that is doing it at this age and winning, not just competing, but fighting the top fighters in the world. This guy is no run-of-the-mill guy, he's a threat. I'm not fighting a cream puff; this isn't a bum of the month club. I'm fighting real dudes. These guys are hardcore, hungry and top contenders.

"The sweet science that has been missing in this sport. We hate violence, but we love it. People don't look at the sweet science like I do in this ring. The game is to hit and not get hit.

"You can overthink or over study for a test. There's a time and a place for everything. You have to look at some tape, but I can't sit there every day watching and watching. Your mind starts playing tricks on you. You start seeing things you aren't really seeing. I want some element of surprise, so I can check it right there.

"I'm not going to be surprised by his style. There's nothing he can do that I haven't seen. Can he say the same thing?

"I'm fresher now, living the same lifestyle. Taking care of my body the same way I did them. I'm in better shape now and with wisdom.

"I don't get caught up in anybody else's business where it becomes negative to me. I have tunnel vision. Everything is looking towards my fight. I don't get sidetracked.

"Shumenov wants to make a name, like everyone else. What better place to make a name than against me?

"I'm from the old school but I'm stuck in the new era."

ZACHARY OCHOA, Undefeated Junior Welterweight Prospect

"This is my second day training at Danny Garcia's gym. I came because Danny gave me an open invitation so I was here Monday and he invited me back.

"Every time I fight on a Hopkins undercard its history. That's what he is.

"I've never been to D.C. in my life and this is my first time in Philly. I'm a Brooklyn kid. I'm not nervous, just excited."

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