PEEJ you keep repeating the same GBP-generated propaganda on Kovalev and Bhop. Fact is Bhop never once mentioned Kovalev’s name until the night before Kovalev’s WBO title fight was announced. That’s called a pre-emptive strike. GBP ignored Kovalev as long as possible and once he finalized a deal elsewhere they issued a press release on Bhop’s behalf to try and save face. You fell for it, or pretend you did.Posted April 24, 2014 5:56 pm
Swedish Boxing Fan
TARK – yes of course I belive Sergey Kovalev is the toughest light heavyweight fighter out there right now for Bernard Hopkins and ANY fighter in the division but what I meant was more of that we fans and Hopkins himself must take Stevenson with respect in the ring as he is abig deal to dal with. Sergey Kovalev is a more thretning opponent yes, bur fighting him seems like it will take some time before that fight can be made – if ever (!).
Dam channel signing. HBO or Showtime or whatever network, that should not be in the way for making fights as it was never a problem in the past.
Vince McMann in full effect. I think he should be the new promoter for boxing! WWE, WWF, now Boxing! Yeah! Lets get this circus started!!!!!Posted April 23, 2014 9:24 pm
BILLY NO MEDALS ALL AMERICAN BOY you just proved my point again, you’re all mouth, you chicken.Posted April 23, 2014 9:17 pm
It’s unfortunate that Kovalev turned down a fight with Hopkins to win the title he currently has. For a stone cold killer he took the path of least resistancePosted April 23, 2014 8:06 pm
BILLY NO MEDALS ALL AMERICAN BOY
why would i put my address on here for you pr!k,i gladly use you for a light weight punch bag you sack of manure!!Posted April 23, 2014 5:31 pm
Swedish claims…, “Stevenson cant for any reason possible be overlooked as he will be the tuffest fight for Hopkins”
Hell no he’s not the toughest… Stevenson is a possible win if Hopkins can get a good lick on that vulnerable chin.. It’s a long shot.. The fast, skilled, iron tough, and brutally efficient Kovalev is the toughest LHW opponent for anybody in the world.
He’s a stone killer.Posted April 23, 2014 4:15 pm
billy no medals.are you dyson furys nephew.Posted April 23, 2014 2:59 pm
BILLY NO MEDALS ALL AMERICAN BOY all mouth, I asked him to give his name and address and he chickened out, he’s a gutless keyboard warrior.Posted April 23, 2014 1:56 pm
Jones was never associated with Balco, that was Mosley.Posted April 23, 2014 1:01 pm
Tark you are wrong. If you say Stevenson opted to duck Kovalev for an easier fight then you have to acknowledge Kovalev chose to fight for his title instead of fighting for Hopkins title. He turned and took the easier fight. So what does that say about Kovalev? Was he scared of Hopkins? You make it sound like Stevenson is scared of Kovalev when he is taking the bigger money fight and defending his championship because he is the real champion and light heavy and doing it against someone who has 2 titles instead of 1.Posted April 23, 2014 1:00 pm
Hopkins should be tested for PED’s. Fighting top guys at age 49? It’s suspicious to say the least. And I think he slips sleeping pills into my beer. Oh no wait, it’s his boring fight style that makes me nod off.Posted April 23, 2014 12:13 pm
The Sheriff (Peebles)
talkie walkie ANONYMOUS YOU ARE 100% CORRECT BHOP A TOTAL WANKER giggityPosted April 23, 2014 12:09 pm
Swedish Boxing Fan
Anonymous – And you have nothing better to say then insults and trash-talk.
You should learn the way of respect a lot better. Not for me but for others and yourself.Posted April 23, 2014 10:55 am
What will it take for fighters and trainers to see that once the bell rings and they try to box Hopkins they are fighting his fight AND WiLL LOSE. The fighter who goes after Hopkins and keeps him on the ropes and applies pressure for the entire fight will wear him down. Hopkins keeps his right hand cocked waiting to counter.Posted April 23, 2014 10:49 am
Swedish Boxing Fan
Bernard Hopkins haves a lot of title fight possibilities here infront of him now! he is the unified IBF/WBA/IBA world light heavyweight champion and we all would love to see Bernard Hopkins keep going to unify all major world title belts.
Then we have the possible strongest opponent in the light heavyweight division now, the 31 year old prime & undefeated WBO world title holder Sergey Kovalev.
Bernard Hopkins have at least on the record said he feels he could fight Kovalev,but as of now is more interested in capturing the Lineal crown and WBC world title belts and they are holded by Stevenson so Stevenson is first choise for now and Stevenson cant for any reason possible be overlooked as he will be the tuffest fight for Hopkins out there BUT if he would pull it off and win, then we will have a FINAL world championship unification match with Bernard Hokins vs. Sergey Kovalev (Unless Kovalev would in an upset lose the WBO world title)
Other fights for Hopkins out there are IBF #1 Dimitri Sukhotsky and WBA #1 Nadjib Mohammedi BUT non of those 2 fights are interesting fights to watch happen for the moment and most likley will only happen if a Hopkins vs. Stevenson fight dont take place to happen next.
Adonis Stevenson is up to fight WBO 1# & WBC 3# Andrzej Fonfara BUT after that his mandatory opponent will be the WBC #1, WBO 3#, IBF #5 former world champion Jean Pascal, and Pascal mabey will be the fighter to first claim his right unless he is paid a “step-a-side-fee” to wait out Stevenson in order for him to fight Hopkins. Then Pascal can go on and claim his mandatory right and fight the winner of Hopkins vs. Stevenson (unless it is a Daw or a close call).
Sergey Kovalev is to his favour ranked by Fightnews as the #1 Light heavyweight fighter and sadly his possible next line of opponents by WBO is not much to say its of super quality opponents. Eleider Alvarez is for now the #2 by WBO but most likley will move up to #1 after Andrzej Fonfara have most likley been defeated by Stevenson and Alvarez is not the most interesting opponent the public wants Kovalev to fight now.
We can only hope for the best.Posted April 23, 2014 9:05 am
Swedish Boxing Fan
Bernard Hopkins is 49 years old and years from his best physical prime BUT that havent stoped him from still been dedicated to the sport he have served so long and won fights and titles for over 25 years of profesional boxing.
Indeed he won the fight fare & square against the 19 year younger recognised WBA/IBA world champion Shumenov.
And yes, I give Adonis Stevenson the benefit of being in stronger physical condition then Bernard Hopkins due to the age diffrence of 13 years younger BUT that doesent mean Hopkins is weak but the obvius opposite. Hopkins is still at age 49 in great condition thanks to his deep dicipline to keep himself in best shape possible for his career.
If Bernard Hopkins and Adonis Stevenson fight each-other in a WBC/IBF/WBA/IBA world light heavyweight title unification match I would still give Hopkins a chanse to win based on his long time ring expearence with 65 PRO fights (55-6-2-2 NC, KO’s 32) and fought in IMPRESSIVE 35 recognised world title fights (27-5-1-2 NC, KO’s 13), that is a lot more ring expearence then Stevenson’s PRO record (23-1-0 KO’s 24) with 3 world title fights (3-0-0 KO’s 3)
Bernard Hopkins have fought so more world title fights in his career then Adonis Stevenson have fought PRO fights.
Hopkins is a skilled fighter and never enters the ring unpreperd for any of his opponents. Adonis Stevenson will get the fight of his life to face Bernard Hopkins as Hopkins is never an easy opponent to fight.
I will cheer for the 4-time world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins!!Posted April 23, 2014 8:03 am
Historically boring.Posted April 22, 2014 11:41 pm
This idiot says.., “But if Hopkins beats Stevenson he would be the oldest undisputed champion ever in boxing.”
What rock have you been living under??? Kovalev is the best Light Heavyweight in the world by far. Stevenson already refused to fight him in favor of easier fights for less money.
Hopkins beating Stevenson is a long shot at best, but he sure would not be fighting Kovalev if he scored an upset. Shumenov is the worst boxer in history to win a world title.Posted April 22, 2014 11:38 pm
Calzaghe beat Hopkins away years ago and Hopkins cheated big time and stiil could not win.Posted April 22, 2014 8:53 pm
The Sheriff (Peebles, just kidding)
talkie talkie walkie BERNARD BOOORINGEST FIGHTER EVER PLEASE JUST RETIRE talkie walkie giggityPosted April 22, 2014 7:18 pm
Roy was never the same once BALCO was busted , Peej . Check the time lines man.
Hopkins is the greatest fighter of the last 25 years . End of.Posted April 22, 2014 6:00 pm
Jones was never the same when he came back down from heavy. He should of stayed at heavy. That was evident when he beat Tarver the first time.Posted April 22, 2014 4:56 pm
LMFAO. You know you’re GREAT when you can call yourself the Alien and it FITS.Posted April 22, 2014 4:36 pm
Swedish Boxing Fan
matthews – I agree with your statments. Just truth.Posted April 22, 2014 4:08 pm
a complete wanker.Posted April 22, 2014 2:20 pm
And yes Roy will be in the HOF. But not above the alien/executioner.Posted April 22, 2014 1:57 pm
Left hook to his jaw made him get old.Posted April 22, 2014 1:43 pm
Roy still had great speed, great reflexes,AND was ranked p4p 1 going into tarver 2. He got KTFO and mentally was never the same. Then in his very next match got KTFO and put in a coma by Johnson. Mentally he was gone and the body follows the mind. Before the tarver rematch he was in the same positing mayweather was in. The face of boxing.Posted April 22, 2014 1:42 pm
I never said Kovalev was never a threat but to label him the boogie man is just ridiculous. Think folks would of learned with Margacheato or Williams.Posted April 22, 2014 1:35 pm
Stop, Roy will be remember as a great. Heck he will be remembered as an all time great but not like he was revered before losing to Tarver. Just because of what has happened after he got old means nothing. Is Joe Louis career tarnished for his last fights? Is Alis? Is Durans or Sugar Ray Robinson or Leonard? Nope it sure isn’t. As for Hopkins having a better career, that is up for debate but I would probably have to agree because of longevity.Posted April 22, 2014 1:34 pm
And kov is a threat with a title. A hell of alot more of a threat than shebenoiv ( spelling) .Posted April 22, 2014 1:23 pm
Roy will be remembered for being LAYED OUT period. What hopkins is doing now has already put him far ahead of Roy just by longevity and competition. If Roy would of made a comeback by beating top comp then you have a argument but he didn’t and every fight is apart of your legacy. He should of never gave tarver a rematch.Posted April 22, 2014 1:21 pm
WHAT A WARRIOR HE HAS NEVER BEEN BEAT UP AND TO DO THIS AT HIS AGE . HIS NAME IS IN HISTORY FOREVER NO MATTER WHAT THE HATERS SAY.Posted April 22, 2014 12:54 pm
I understand that but Hopkins is also on record saying he wants to unify all the belts. Kovalev has one and Hopkins said he would fight him. And like it has been said before Kovalev was the mandatory at one time but decided to fight for the WBO belt instead. All this talk of his promoter saying Hopkins wasn’t serious about the fight is bogus. If he wasn’t serious about the fight all Kovalev had to do was invoke his mandatory position and if Hopkins didn’t want to fight then he would of been stripped and that would of showed that he wanted no part of Kovalev. But that is not the chain of events that happened. And also Kovalev from what has been said Kovalev has a long contract with HBO which is gonna make it hard for him to take on the titlest or higher ranked fighters since some are with ShowtimePosted April 22, 2014 12:33 pm
Here is the thing, Hopkins is less willing to fight Kov than Kov is of facing Hopkins and everyone else in the division.
Hopkins has gone on record as saying the WBO means little to him. But the truth in boxing will always remain the same, although titles are important, its who is recognized and proves he is the best that counts.Posted April 22, 2014 12:29 pm
Hopkins doesn’t have to fight Kovalev to determine if he is the real deal. I would think Kovalev needs to fight more named fighters to determine if he is the real deal. And Hopkins already said he is trying to get all the titles which means some how getting a fight with Kovalev.Posted April 22, 2014 12:13 pm
it’s who is better in their prime comes first.Posted April 22, 2014 12:12 pm
It’s the old argument of longevity vs. shinning brightly for a brief period: Hendrix vs. Clapton; Byron vs. Keats; Jack Nicholson vs. James Dean. Roy was clearly a much better fighter than Hopkins in his prime, and it wasn’t even close. He beat him and beat James Tony with ease. That said, his style was based on speed and athleticism, which are the first things to go when you age.Posted April 22, 2014 11:56 am
Swedish Boxing Fan
Roy was still better in his prime which is why Bernard avoided the rematch until Roy was shot. Very similar to Joe Calzaghe.
Bernard is below Roy and Toney because he couldn’t beat either one.Posted April 22, 2014 11:34 am
Bernard needs to take additional testing done by USADA or he gets thrown in the mix with the rest of the cheaters we suspect that have purposely avoided additional testing.
He also has to fight kovalev or he isn’t the real deal at LH.Posted April 22, 2014 11:33 am
Swedish Boxing Fan
How could the NHL team Washington Capitals be ignored here? They have been possibly the best sports team from Washington in the recent years and Alexander Ovetchkin one of the best goal scorer in the leaague. Just a note to add.Posted April 22, 2014 10:46 am
Swedish Boxing Fan
Of course Bernard Hopkins belongs in the same legend status as Roy Jones jr does. Nothing else can be said. They are from the exact same era with Jones jr having the advantage of being 4 years younger AND having a great amateur career.
Even Roy Jones jr himself have said numerous times that he have been impressed on hos skilled Hopkins is in the ring and how far he have went in his career and even admited he have some fe times jelous of Hopkins recent years sucsess in the ring he havent had in the same way.
Bernard Hopkins have fought 65 PRO fights (55-6-2-2 NC, KO’s 32) and fought in IMPRESSIVE 35 recognised world title fights (27-5-1-2 NC, KO’s 13), and that is a record FEW champions in the history of the sport can claim they have achived.
Roy Jones Jr have fought in 65 PRO fights as well (57-8-0 KO’s 40) and fought also in IMPRESSIVE 29 recognised world title fights (24-5-0 KO’s 14) but again, Hopkins have fought in 6 more recognised world title fights AND never been knocked out in his 6 losses or being close to happen. Jones jr have been KO’d 4 times of his 8 losses and all his losses was wide score losses.
Also to note is that Hopkins have defeated 2 of Jones Jr’s KO opponents, Antonio Tarver & Glen Johnson and made a far better fight with Joe Calzaghe to alsmot defeat him (I had Hopkins by 115-113 as winner) while Jones jr lost all but 1 round.
Now, I love Roy Jones jr to death with his ring skills and between 1993-2004, he was the planets best boxer and I will always recognise him as a one of all-times most skilled fighters but between 2004-2013 and on we have not seen Roy Jones jr achive much of greatness in the ring, that is fact.
Bernard Hopkins have achived a lot more after 2004 and is still champ at age 49, that is something very special.
You are crazy. Roy will be remember as a great, one of the greatest ever at 168, a great at light heavy and how long he reigned there and also for winning a heavy weight title. What has happened after will have no effect on his career other than showing he was not the GOATPosted April 22, 2014 10:11 am
Calzaghe didn’t whoop Hopkins. Hopkins actually but more of a beating on Calzaghe. Calzaghe won by out working Hopkins. Yall can claim all this crap about him faking a low blow and yeah he did but fact is it was still a close fight that some had Hopkins winning and one were Calzaghe didn’t want to have a rematch.Posted April 22, 2014 10:10 am
Bernard got the sh!t beat out of him by some little Welsh dude
That night he truly humiliated himself in the eyes of boxing fans,
DMX no Roy won’t. The only thing Roy will be remembered for is being planted numerous times. Pac got planted and came back and beat a top p4p guy, Roy got snuffed by some dude in Russia.Posted April 22, 2014 9:52 am
Hopkins is that dude but that mess he said about kov is BS and he knows it. He is top guy with a major title and benard has enough pull to make it happen if he gets past Stevenson.Posted April 22, 2014 9:49 am
Of course just down the road houses the Nation of Islam’s headquarters Mosque #4 where only African Americans are allowed to learn about struggle and resistance against the “white devils” ; and recently celebrated by Muslim congressmen Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.), local government officials including Mayor Vincent Gray, plus Liberation theologians Jeremiah Right, and Obama.Posted April 22, 2014 9:31 am
Brazilian Boxing Fan to Ray Ray
I am relaxed.Posted April 22, 2014 9:19 am
Boxtradomus, critized me for not knowing who Shumenov was….Well, I don’t have to follow each boxer around to know that the guy was a tomato can worthless boxer. Sad day in boxing to see these lousy fake matches…. I’m bored of the sport and I know many others that have all but had it with these crap match-ups!!!!!Posted April 22, 2014 9:16 am
Roy Jones will always be held in higher regard with Boxing fans
Swedish Boxing Fan
I agree here.
Well the Riddick Bowe vs. Jessie Ferguson fight back in 1993-05-22 at RFK Stadium in Washington, District of Columbia, USA we would also see Roy Jones Jr vs. Bernard Hopkins for the vacant IBF world middleweight title (vacated by James Toney), future 2 -time world champion Shannon Briggs vs. Bruce Johnson, future world champion Sharmba Mitchell vs. Kenny Baysmore, 1988 Olympic silver medalist and top contender George Scott vs. John Steward and top contender Jorge Luis Gonzalez vs. Dwayne Hall.
As time have passed, the main-event fight with Bowe vs. Fergusson was a fight of low interest and in the long run would not much be spoken about BUT the under-card world midleweight title fight with Jones jr vs. Hopkins would go on to become the fight people would remember most and talk about from that boxing event in Washington.
Both men fought in there 1st world title fight and both men where some of the hungriest fighters in the game for becoming recognised world champions and earn recognition. Jones jr was regarded as the possible future superstar sence his glorius amateur days while Hopkins was a fighter still unknown for the boxing world but even as Hopkins lost that fight to his from-that-day-on rival Jones jr, Hoipkins regrouped and was even more determed then ever to reach his goal to become the champion and become as much better as possible as a boxer in order to achive his dreams.
That fight was important for both men for there future and both woukld go on and now in April 2014, it has been almost 21 years sence that fight and both men have achived greatness and are well secured future members in boxings Hall of Fame.
Roy Jones Jr is a former middleweight world champion, super middleweight world champion, 3-time light heavyweight world champion and heavyweight world champion = 6-time world champion in 4 weight classes.
Bernard Hopkins is the longest reign middleweight champion of the world in history of boxing from 1994-2005 with 20 world title defences and at 40+ Hopkins have conqerd the light heavyweight world title 3-times between 2006-2013 and is still the champ with 2 title defences so far of his 3rd reign and now is the unified IBF/WBA/IBA world champion
While Roy Jones jr, 4 years younger then his rival Bernard Hopkins havent found much glory in the ring sence after 2004, Bernard Hopkins has in later days catched up with his rival to equal greatness in PRO boxing. in 2010 Bernard Hopkins at age 45 got his wish of a rematch with Roy Jones jr granted and even if he was 4 years older, his age was non seen in that fight as he won a UD contest, just like Jones jr did 17 years earlier.
Indeed the fight between Roy Jones jr vs Bernard Hopkins I in Washington in 1993 was the best fight on the entire event and most rememberd as well.Posted April 22, 2014 8:35 am
Did Bernie earn enough to get his teeth fixed?Posted April 22, 2014 7:26 am
Beibut Shumenov was the most flat footed fighter i have ever seenPosted April 22, 2014 6:52 am
Beibut Shumenov. looked like a rank amateur a novice vs popkins but still popkins could not convince all the judges that he wonPosted April 22, 2014 6:50 am
Easy Brazil, relax. I thought this article was a good read…..painted the picture well.Posted April 22, 2014 5:33 am
Brazilian Boxing Fan to Mr. Shorter
Two judges did not score it 116-112. They scored it 116-111.Posted April 22, 2014 2:45 am
Brazilian Boxing Fan to Mr. Shorter
William T. Shorter, when he fought Ferguson, Bowe was not the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. He had relinquished the WBC title to avoid Lennox Lewis. Thus, he was the WBA/IBF World Heavyweight Champion.Posted April 22, 2014 2:44 am
Brazilian Boxing Fan
It should have been an Unanimous Decision win over Beibut Shumenov.Posted April 22, 2014 2:42 am
Brazilian Boxing Fan
It should have been an Unanimous Decision win ver Beibut Shumenov.Posted April 22, 2014 2:42 am