SAN DIEGO, November 8, 2014 – Bernard Hopkins puts his light heavyweight title and record as the oldest man ever to win a boxing title on the line tonight in Atlantic City against challenger Sergey Kovalev of Russia via California on HBO at 10:45 p.m. ET.
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Hopkins (56-6-2, 32 KOs) made his pro debut in 1988 at age 23. His opponent, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs), is 18 years younger and was five years old in 1988. Hopkins is older than both Oscar De La Hoya and Lennox Lewis. De La Hoya, who works with Hopkins at Golden Boy Promotions, says he can’t imagine still being in the ring ten years after he retired.
Both boxers made weight with ease on Friday, Hopkins at 173.5 pounds, Kovalev at 174.5 pounds. Hopkins appeared to be in phenomenal condition, Kovalev as well.
Tonight’s fight will pit boxing versus power, wiles versus will. Kovalev possesses fearsome punching strength. Some observers are concerned about Kovalev hurting old man Hopkins. Don’t be. Hopkins is too smart to let this happen, and he won’t make this fight easy for Kovalev.
Hopkins forces his opponents to fight the wrong sort of fight against him when he’s successful. He knows how to play head games in the best possible sense, and he isn’t above playing dirty either. If Kovalev gets restless and reckless, Hopkins will take advantage of it.
In addition to Hopkins vs. Kovalev, welterweights Sadam Ali and Luis Carlos Abregu will fight in the undercard co-feature. Ali (20-0, 12 KOs) was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic boxing team. Six years later he remains a promising prospect who hasn’t tested himself against serious competition. It changes Saturday when he gets into the ring with Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs), a 30 year old from Argentina. Abeugu’s single defeat was to Timothy Bradley Jr. in 2010. He has won seven fights in a row since then, including some impressive knockouts. This is a serious test for Ali, one he hopes to pass with flying colors.
This event has the potential to be a Fight of the Year. Don’t miss it, and don’t miss our chat. We’ve saved a virtual ringside seat for you.
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