Bernard Hopkins Helps Rashad Evans Beat Tito Ortiz (Video)

Vitali SCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Boxer Bernard Hopkins attends NY Giants Justin Tuck's 3rd Annual Celebrity Billiards Tournament at Slate on June 2, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Rush For Literacy)
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Professional UFC fighter Rashad Evans has been fighting for quite a while now. He is a very well-respected athlete, and a well-deserved champion. But even someone as experienced and decorated as Evans could use a boxing lesson now and then.

In this video, Evans gets a surprise visit from the living legend, as well as the unquestioned technical master of boxing, Bernard "Executioner" Hopkins. Evans patiently listens to Hopkins as Bernard explains the intricacies of a right hand punch as well a proper way to defend. Hopkins takes his time and makes sure that Evans understands the importance of proper technique, and that power is not the most important thingโ€”instead speed and surprise are most damaging. Evans follows up with questions, showing respect and real interest in what Hopkins has to say.

I find this video to be very fascinating, because it shows not only what Hopkins knows, but that he is very effective in teaching others. His explanations and examples were incredibly clear and unique. This may also indicate that mixed martial arts athletes are interested in acquiring and improving on their boxing skills for the standing game. And who better to ask for advice than the Executioner?

I wonder just how effective Hopkins would be as a trainer, and how successful his students would be in the ring.


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