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Bernard Hopkins talks importance of defense during Hall of Fame speech

Hopkins reflects on his career during the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

As Bernard Hopkins received his induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, the legend took to the podium to reflect a little on his career and how he got to where he’s at. Check out some excerpts below with the full induction speech video above...

“...I understand that the best defense in life is a great offense. I use that in my personal life and never been back to anybody’s penitentiary in three decades. And I’m not being braggadocious about it, I’m just letting you know that everyone in here — even non-fighters, women or men — have a story. Whatever story that you feel that you can remember, no matter how old or how young, that defines who you are today — belts or no belts, millions or no millions — that is your defining moment that made you who you are or what you wanna be.

“The reason I can sit, or stand, here tonight and speak the way I speak, and represent the way I represent myself, my family, and then my community is because of a good defense and a good offense. Hit, not get hit. And a lot of people here, who had the job to cover us as fighters as we climbed up the ladder to be great — or to dare to be great — couldn’t understand my style, couldn’t understand a lot of fighter’s styles in this room.

“But my style is paying benefits to me, to my family now, to be able to understand them, and for them to be able to understand me. So it wasn’t a bad idea ducking more than I take, wasn’t it? “

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