“The Flame Came Back”: Bernard Hopkins Ropes In Muhammad Ali Example While Detailing Life-Changing Moment

Muhammad Ali was more than just a boxer. The former heavyweight champion captivated the general public at large with not just his impeccable skills but also his life outside the ring. ‘The Greatest,’ stood for many noble causes and had a purpose to his life. His life story and legacy inspired many around the globe— including Bernard Hopkins. The 58-year-old had a celebrated career of 55 victories with only eight defeats.

Moreover, he retired in the year 2016 but continues to be a part of the sport as an analyst. In a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, Hopkins got candid about his life and finding a purpose similar to the Great Muhammad Ali. So without further ado, let’s dive in on his comments.

Bearnard Hopkins reflects on finding his purpose

Many know Hopkins as a legendary boxer. However, there is a lesser-known side to him. As a teenager, he was involved in petty street crimes. Inevitably, he was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to prison. Moreover, he knew his life had a purpose and found a boxing gym in his prison. Training for the sweet science ignited a vehement passion for what he needed in life at the time. Thereafter, as and when he was released from prison, Hopkins decided to make a career in the sport and ended up becoming a champion in multiple weight classes.

While comparing himself to Ali’s spirit, he stated, “My whole things is like, not preach, as I am accused of a couple of times, it is just in me, the spirit is in me. Muhammad Ali’s spirit in me. I know I am here for a purpose. I have took that road, I have came through the road, there were days in my life that I had to do, I had to be there, needed to do that. Cause that was that mindset.”

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He adds, “Once I understood my value, boy you can appreciate this, at 17, when I got certified, 5 out of fifteen, it leads to a bad time, the walk-off crew, they had a boxing gym there, and all of the Pennsylvania prisons which is 30, had boxing. It was part of baseball and football, that sparked. The flame came back.”

It would be hard to deny that the former multi-weight champion lived quite a troubled life. However, he intrinsically knew his purpose, just like Ali did, and went on to achieve amazing feats in the sport. Moreover, we are curious to know, has he been a source of inspiration for you? Share with us your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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