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Old 07-20-2007, 01:47 AM   #1
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Default Hopkins got his discipline from Hagler

I think this is the key to B-Hop's success.
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Hopkins has never blown up in weight between fights. He has said in past interviews that he hasn't had a donut in 20 years. He always looks like he is ready to step in the ring and go 12 rounds.

Hopkins never needed a handler to knock on his door at 4:30 a.m. to get up and do his road work. He doesn't even need an alarm clock. His inner clock gets him up at the crack of dawn to run.

"That is a profound discipline that I've followed over 20, well, over 15-20 years of my career," he said.

Hopkins admires a lot of fighters from boxing's golden age, but he said he tried to emulate Marvelous Marvin Hagler early in his career.

"When I took a page out of his book of discipline, of always coming in shape, never having an excuse, no one ever expected any guy like him to not be in shape whether he won or lost a fight, and that's the great Marvin Hagler," Hopkins said. "The most disciplined fighter of my era; the most profound work habits that this guy had."
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Old 07-20-2007, 03:46 AM   #2
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That's awesome.
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:08 AM   #3
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Hagler was a beast in camp, he really was. Some of the stories I've heard of him sprinting 15 miles backwards along a beach in snow, wind and rain at 3am and screaming with pain because of both the cold and the burning of his legs/lungs, is sick.
Wow this is great. I would love to hear more if anyone has any info on Hagler's training regimen.
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:38 AM   #4
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Default Re: Hopkins got his discipline from Hagler

When Hagler opened training camp, he referred to it as "putting myself in jail."
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:45 AM   #5
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Default Re: Hopkins got his discipline from Hagler

I like Hopkins.
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:23 AM   #6
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Default Re: Hopkins got his discipline from Hagler

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Hagler was a beast in camp, he really was. Some of the stories I've heard of him sprinting 15 miles backwards along a beach in snow, wind and rain at 3am and screaming with pain because of both the cold and the burning of his legs/lungs, is sick.

On a Beach in snow, sprinting 15 miles? Was it uphill both ways?

I don't doubt for second his training was unbelievable, but not that unbelievable.
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:28 AM   #7
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Hagler was a beast in camp, he really was. Some of the stories I've heard of him sprinting 15 miles backwards along a beach in snow, wind and rain at 3am and screaming with pain because of both the cold and the burning of his legs/lungs, is sick.
That's unbelievable. I'd like to hear some more on Hagler's training regimen, too. I don't doubt they were brutal- it would help explain how he was arguably the best Middleweight ever, and you've got to love a guy who puts himself through that for the sport (even if it might be a little exaggerated).
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:44 AM   #8
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Discipline is great,but boxing is more than just discipine in training.
Heart and discipline in the fight,skills and natural ability count for a hell of a lot.....
If hopkins is soo disciplined and dedicated how come he cant keep up a fast pace or up his work rate considerably any more? (especially the JT fights.) Someone like hatton can be a slob between fights and have more stamina/work rate than hopkins.....This is because hatton is young and probably has natural stamina as well as being a very hard trainer....
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:16 AM   #9
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Because he's over forty?
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Ok,he is over forty,so why keep going on about his conditioning like it is supposedly the best in the sport or one of the best ever? Are people impressed with his physique or his boxing stamina? Why not just say he is remarkable for his age?
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Ok,he is over forty,so why keep going on about his conditioning like it is supposedly the best in the sport or one of the best ever? Are people impressed with his physique or his boxing stamina? Why not just say he is remarkable for his age?
his remarkable for any age, look at his las 5 oponents, he has fought the best and was able to go the distance at his age.
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:55 AM   #12
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Ok,he is over forty,so why keep going on about his conditioning like it is supposedly the best in the sport or one of the best ever? Are people impressed with his physique or his boxing stamina? Why not just say he is remarkable for his age?
Irrational hate blinds rational thought. Hatton won't fight past 30, and already has gassed out in fights with Collazo and Urango. Both fights where he did not fight at a fast pace.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:01 AM   #13
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X loves old school fighters like Hagler, Moore, Charles etc He has idols and people he looks up to, just like us. He is human.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:04 AM   #14
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There is no hate on my part for hopkins,he is remarkable in being competitive and successful at an advance age,but i think some folks make out like he is some kind of armstrong when he plainly cannot set a fast pace or throw lots of punches like many other world rated active boxers...This is not a slant on hopkins,he has skills that many other world ranked boxers do not possess,but please stop saying conditioning/stamina......Lets just say he is in great physical shape....
ps; im not a hatton cheerleader,bith hopkins and hatton are good at what they do,and hatton does have his off nights like anybody else....
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There is no hate on my part for hopkins,he is remarkable in being competitive and successful at an advance age,but i think some folks make out like he is some kind of armstrong when he plainly cannot set a fast pace or throw lots of punches like many other world rated active boxers...This is not a slant on hopkins,he has skills that many other world ranked boxers do not possess,but please stop saying conditioning/stamina......Lets just say he is in great physical shape....
ps; im not a hatton cheerleader,bith hopkins and hatton are good at what they do,and hatton does have his off nights like anybody else....
Well spoken. I however, would say the ability to fight at 42 is a sign that Hop has shown extreme discipline over years, not nessacarily one camp. I think this is the reason people respect Hopkins, because of his long term love and commitment to boxing.
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