IF ever a man proved that it’s not the mistakes but the reaction to them that’s important, it’s Bernard Hopkins.
Born on January 15 1965, Hopkins embraced the crime ridden streets and got involved; by the age of 13 he’d been stabbed, he’d dished out muggings, he’d stolen. Incarceration looked like the only destination for young Bernard and at 17, he was sentenced to 18 years inside Graterford Prison. It was there he learned to box.
Six years passed before his early release and, vowing never to return, he turned professional almost immediately. He was 23 when he lost his debut. Another six years elapsed and Bernard tirelessly honed his skills, before securing a vacant IBF middleweight title shot against Roy Jones Jnr, a man he had grown to dislike, in 1993.