The 49-year-old IBF light-heavyweight champion takes on the WBA super belt holder tomorrow, as he continues to defy his age.
Hopkins insisted that the best Shumenov can offer will bring out the best in himself.
"He's motivated to fight me, he said he's been dreaming of this his whole life," Hopkins told reporters. "Understand one thing, be careful what you wish for.
"Get ready for school, student. No disrespect, it's logic. I am the professor with a PhD.
"This is a defence of my legacy. I know he's coming to fight. The best of him will bring out the very best in me. I want him to come and try to win every round."
Hopkins faces Shumenov in Washington on Saturday night.