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Football: White-hot Hopkins is all talk.

Byline: OLIVER HOLT

AFTER Don King, light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is probably the best orator in professional sport.

Any sort of audience with him is a privilege and he didn't disappoint when he turned up at Planet Hollywood in London last week to promote his April 19 Las Vegas fight with Joe Calzaghe.

He was most interesting and contentious when he talked about his assertion last December that he would "never let a white boy beat me". He refused to accept it was a racist comment and said he had merely been pointing out that, because boxing was dominated by black fighters, there was still a stigma attached to being beaten by a white man.

His theory recalled elements of Jon Entine's book, Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It.

That's the thing about Hopkins. He's not afraid to talk about anything.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2008
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