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RingTV.com: What are your thoughts on the fact that Hopkins told me that he would fight Cleverly and Shumnenov but not you because you do not bring enough to the table?
TC: I believe that I read that. Hopkins, first of all, I would like to congratulate Bernard Hopkins on being the oldest champion that ever lived. But, I mean, once again, it's just excuses. It's just excuses not to fight a fighter like me. Bernard Hopkins is a very good fighter, but he can't match my energy.
He can't match my ferocity inside of the ring. Things like that and not only the emotions but the skill. When two men are inside of the ring, if you can't match that man's energy, you could lose the fight.
You would either have to run or you would have to match that man's energy level and take him out of the fight, and Bernard Hopkins, he can't match my energy and he can't match my activity level and things of that nature.
RingTV.com: Would you fall for Hopkins' trickery?
TC: Oh, no. Definitely not. I don't think that these other young light heavyweights know how to deal with Bernard Hopkins and the mental games that he plays. Bernard Hopkins takes all of these younger guys out of their game and these guys don't know how to say, "to hell with what he's talking about."
They want to try to sell the fight with him and trash talk with him and to go back and forth with him. But once Bernard Hopkins said, when the question was asked about me and why he wouldn't fight Tavoris Cloud, he said, "No, but I spent five years in prison, so I'm not afraid of anybody."
That was a very weak excuse to me, because I don't care how many years he did in prison, you know, being in prison doesn't make you a hero. He shouldn't use prison as a badge of courage.
Maybe he did have to be brave when he was in there, maybe he had to man-up more times than he was used to, but I just think that it's a weak excuse and a weak answer for the question.
RingTV.com: What would be next after Campillo?
TC: I'm always trying to unify these titles, and I believe in unifying titles and having one champ. I haven't been having much luck with that. But I know that after the Campillo fight, I'll probably have a mandatory defense against the No. 1 contender, who will probably be sitting right in my lap.
Or the No. 2 contender, so I will more than likely fight twice early this year. It's crazy to me that Campillo had a draw with the No. 2 guy to get the No. 1 spot. To be my mandatory, he got a draw. But boxing is crazy like that. The only thing that I'm trying to do is to destroy everybody who gets in front of me.
That's how I find my goals and what I want to do in this wild wild west that we call boxing. Whoever they put in front of me, I'm definitely going to try to hurt them. I'm not concerned about any fighter or who they fought in the past, or their skills or their style. I'm just getting in there and I'm going to work.
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