BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
"I think my longevity has a lot to do with the early preparation in my life and my career. I took care of myself like I always have for the last 20 years and I'm reaping the benefits now.
"A lot of it has to do with just what I do and don't put in my body. A lot of long-term discipline and staying the course, and not derailing many times during down time, or binging on things that aren't good for you. I think that plays a big role in longevity.
"I'll say that Shumenov is saying the right things because anything else contrary to that would hurt the fight and will not help ticket sales. People want to see you when you're still relevant, so to me this is the time to show and perform on a worldwide stage.
"Shumenov wants to make a name for himself by defeating me. All the young guns want to make it big, and beating me would do that for Shumenov, but that's not going to happen.
"To me, there are no butterflies. I'm eager, but it's controlled for that moment to come and then we'll have the fireworks. That's the good part about it. I'm on stage, and as any entertainer loves the stage, you love the attention.
"Washington, D.C. is the nation's capital. This is part of the foundation of East Coast boxing. So when you talk about D.C., you also say Philly and New York. There's rich tradition and it's all about history here."