Edwin Arnold said “Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison”. Bernard Hopkins took that quote literally. Bernard has gone to prison at an early age of 17 for nine counts of felony with 18 years life sentenced. He had seen the worst with murders and rape over petty things. And after serving five years in prison Hopkins was released, he promised he would never go back to that life again… He will take each day as a celebration of freedom with boxing as his outlet—the only norm on his crazy prison life.
29 years after at age 46, Bernard is still in the business. While his other counter parts are one by one retiring, he still looks for greater oppositions… He wanted new mountains to climb and new adventures to conquer. He just couldn’t let go of his haven, his happy memory when things don’t go the way he wanted. Boxing has always been his refuge, his strength and his constant companion. That’s why he doesn’t like anybody questioning his dedication and his love to the sport. It took him years in enhancing his craft. Buckets of blood and sweat have been his investment.
That’s why when Jean Pascal his May 21 opponent accuses him of taking steroids and asks him to take the test. It was more like a slap on his face. The normally trash talking Hopkins was oddly quiet and responded with a two-hand shove to Pascal.
This is an aftermath with all the steroid accusations in boxing. If anyone goes beyond expectations than he must be on steroids. All the achievements and accolades would always be the “doubting Thomas” behind it. However, the fact that all those accusations have never been proven means it’s a pointless debate. This is a roller coaster ride with up and down on who is wrong or right. But somewhere down the line everything has got to stop. He who doesn’t sin should cast the first stone.
Bernard Hopkins knew that steroids and PEDS are a form of cheating. He had been that road before. He would never do anything to break his sanctuary, or to take him out of something that became his sanity beyond prison walls.
Boxing has freed him beyond those iron grills and beyond making your own prison.
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