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Jeff Kolpack, Published September 20 2012

Hill's former manager says he's going to try and talk him out of resuming boxing career

FARGO – The former manager for former world boxing champion Virgil Hill says Hill is not ready to get back into the fighting fray just yet.

Bill Sorensen, who captained the Hill ship when the North Dakota boxer was winning light heavyweight and cruiserweight titles, said he needs to have a talk with Hill first before committing to managing a comeback fight.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea for him to do it,” Sorensen said. “I’m going to try and talk him out of it.”

Asked what the odds were of talking Hill out of it, Sorensen said, “Not very good. I’ve tried to an extent already. This sport is not like a kicker in the NFL at a later age. There are a lot of things that can happen to you.”

The 48-year-old Hill has resumed training in Los Angeles with a team that includes former trainer Mike Hall. His last fight was a unanimous loss in 2007 to Firat Arslan in Germany.

Sorensen said Hall told him that Hill is in “great shape” and is ready to tackle another fight. Sorensen, who is currently acting as an adviser, said Hill first needs to be medically cleared before any talk of a bout can be discussed.

That is expected to happen in the next three weeks. Hill, in a text message, said once he passes a physical that all systems are a go.

“I have some things that are a potential for him,” Sorensen said.

Hill is working out at Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, which is run by his former trainer Freddie Roach. Hill resumed training about nine months ago.

He cites 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins winning the World Boxing Council light heavyweight title as an example. George Foreman was 45 when he won a heavyweight belt.

“Virgil really wants to do this, the George Foreman type of thing,” Sorensen said. “But I need to check things out for myself.”

Hill is 50-7 in a professional career that started in 1984. His last triumph was a 2006 win over Valery Brudov to win the World Boxing Association cruiserweight title.

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