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Hopkins in China to promote boxing

06-13-2011 11:21 BJT

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World light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins made his first visit to Shanghai this week.

Apart from sightseeing and attending charity events in the city, Hopkins' main reason for the trip was to attend the fifth 'White Collar Boxing' event to promote the sport in the world's most populous country.

The 'Executioner' started his one-week trip to China on Wednesday. At 46, Hopkins is the oldest reigning world champion - he currently holds the WBC, IBO and 'The Ring' magazine light heavyweight belts. Despite his age, Hopkins said it is still too early to talk about retirement.

Bernard Hopkins said, "The only way I would retire is if I cannot do physically that what I have been doing for the past 20 years respectfully, respectfully. I will always respect my name, my legacy and all the work that I have done in two decades. So once that diminishes, to the point where one per cent out of a hundred, I see the diminish. I don't need to see 50 per cent, it's too late there. One per cent of a hundred, then I go. Then I will resign, but not retire."

Saturday night, Hopkins attended an amateur boxing event - the 'Brawl on the Bund' - as a special guest. This is the fifth time the 'White Collar Boxing' event has been held in Shanghai.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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