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Outside the Lines

Native Americans

Introduction
Hard-Core Hoops, revisited

Tuesday
Pre-game: Road to prison

Wednesday
Tipoff: Dyson's glory

Thursday
Game over: Come again

Tuesday, June 3
Chat with Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins
Former prison boxer Bernard Hopkins is considered one of the top middleweights of the decade.

Bernard Hopkins has been one of the top fighters you've never heard of since he won the IBF middleweight title in April 1995. Now 36-2-1 with 27 knockouts, he has defended the 160-pound title 10 times, including last Saturday against well-regarded contender Antwun Echols, cementing his place as the dominant middleweight of the '90s. Hopkins is also often listed on insiders' pound-for-pound lists.

It wasn't always this easy for Hopkins, now 34. The Philadelphia native made his pro debut in 1988 (one of his two losses), then went to prison and didn't fight again for more than a year. Since then he has a been a big proponent of living a clean life and and against the boxing establishment that he claims has cost him millions of dollars. His only other career loss came in 1993 to the best fighter in the world, Roy Jones Jr.

On Wednesday at noon ET, you have the chance to chat with Hopkins about his career and about boxing in prison. If you can't join us then, send your questions now and we'll ask the best of them during the audio chat session.



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