A well-honed fighter from the streets of North Philly came to Camden yesterday and stepped in the ring with two pit bulls.
But all Karmann and Isis had for former world champion boxer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins was a few licks and some wagging tails inside the Camden Boxing Academy in North Camden.
Hopkins, who turned 46 on Saturday, and the pit bulls posed for pictures that will eventually become billboards aimed at encouraging spaying and neutering the breed, particularly in urban areas such as Camden, where some wind up in dog-fighting rings.
"I'm a dog lover," said Hopkins, who owns a pit bull. "At the end of the day, if you don't spay and neuter dogs like this, it can cause chaos."