"You are gonna see the best of me now. I'm much older and mature and I'm really settled now. I'm ready to let everything out now. I can't hold nothing back....I have been here before, I know what I gotta do, and I gotta take advantage. This is a good opportunity to redeem myself from the 2 losses that I have. I'm gonna redeem myself and show the world that I ain't done. I have a new chapter and new people in my corner and I'm just ready," stated comebacking jr. middleweight Demetrius Hopkins, who talked about his upcoming return to the ring this Saturday on the undercard of Broner vs. DeMarco. Check it out!
PC: How are you feeling and how was this camp?
DH: Good man. I trained hard and I'm just ready to get everything situated.
PC: You definitely haven't been very active here lately. Is that the goal starting Saturday night, to just keep the ball rolling?
DH: I'm just pretty much getting the dust off from the 2 years I've been off. I'm in the second chapter of my career right now and I have no room for mistakes. My mind is really set on a path to a world title.
PC: You're fighting at 154 now. Is that a permanent move or temporary?
DH: I never had a problem making 147, but I'm just listening to Bernard and the whole Golden Boy staff to fight at 54. There is no use to fight at 47 if I'm not fighting for a title and killing myself at that weight. I can just fight at a comfortable weight of 54 and just ease my way down to 47 and then go for a title at 47. And hopefully I can get a title at 54, but we're just taking it one fight at a time and then we are gonna knock two or three down and then go into the big fights.
PC: You're calling this the second chapter of your career. What do you feel needs to be different in this chapter as opposed to the first?
DH: Right now, I can't make no mistakes; right now, I can't make no mistakes. I gotta be on my P's and Q's and I can't sneeze. I just got my eyes open and my mind right and I'm ready to roll.
PC: Do you know a lot about the guy you are facing on Saturday night, a little, or it doesn't matter to you?
DH: I know a lot about my opponent. We looked at some film of him and everything. He don't got a decent record or a bad record, but at this point, I gotta be on my P's and Q's like I told you. I know he's more worried about me than I am worried about him, and I'm in really good shape, so I'm not really worried about the guy. I'm here to do my thing. I'm on a mission right now.
PC: We have seen you display some punching power, just like we have seen your boxing ability. Now that you are at 154, can we expect to see your punching power on display more often?
DH: You are gonna see the best of me now. I'm much older and mature and I'm really settled now. I'm ready to let everything out now. I can't hold nothing back.
PC: I have some old Bernard fights on DVD and you look like a kid in the ring with him after these fights. How much did seeing him and actually being there with him on the big stage help you prepare for this second chapter?
DH: I've been with my uncle and he seduced me to the big fights with the De La Hoya fight and the Trinidad fight when he beat both of those guys. I was there when I was young. I was 12 years old in 1993 when he fought Roy Jones at JFK Stadium and I remember that fight and that gave me that spark that I can be champ of the world and I take that from way back. So I have a lot of history being at the big fights and stuff like that, so I know what it takes to be a champion and I have been in the big spotlight before, so this ain't nothing new to me.
PC: Your trainer, Danny Davis, has also been around you since you were very young. How much does it help having him in your corner?
DH: He helps out a lot. Danny is a good guy. I listen to him and he has some tricks in his bag. I listen to him and Shareef and we have fun in camp. Everybody is on the same page and that's what's going to make me a champion. They tell me like it is. If something is wrong, they tell me, and I tell them if something is wrong so we can all be on the same level.
PC: Undercard of Broner/Demarco, a great card for you to get your name back out there. What can the fans out there expect from you on Saturday night?
DH: I just can't wait. I'm ready. I'm not going to go out there all uptight. This is another fight, man. This is number 34. This will be my 34th fight. I have been here before, I know what I gotta do, and I gotta take advantage. This is a good opportunity to redeem myself from the 2 losses that I have. I'm gonna redeem myself and show the world that I ain't done. I have a new chapter and new people in my corner and I'm just ready.
PC: Hey man, best of luck to you out there in Atlantic City. I will talk with you afterwards. Is there anything else you want to add before I let you go?
DH: To my, fans I'm not gonna let my fans down. I'm here and we are gonna take care of business.