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For Hopkins, chaos began months before tragedy

The biggest win of Bernard Hopkins' career took place in the aftermath of 9/11, Michael Woods writes.

Originally Published: September 11, 2006
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

On July 9, 2001, Bernard Hopkins did his best to get inside Felix Trinidad's head, when he grabbed a miniature Puerto Rican flag out of his foe's hand and tossed it to the ground at a press conference in New York's Bryant Park.

On July 11, Hopkins went a step further, and tossed another flag to the floor in front of Trinidad.

In Puerto Rico.

In front of 10,000 rabid Trinidad acolytes at a press conference.

On Sept. 15, Trinidad, the WBA middleweight champion and ...

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