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Squared-Circle (a.k.a. LionKing)

Props to Ole Popkins for taking this fight! He doesn’t have to go out and fight such vicious animals at this late stage in his career. If he goes to fight Adonis, you’ll never here me say anything less than positive things about Popkins again.

Posted June 20, 2013 10:14 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Checkout Bhop’s Twitter, it sounds like he’s down to defend against Kovalev. Props. That’s a great stylistic match up.

Posted June 20, 2013 5:46 pm 

Red Ryan

Hopkins whoops this chump by 12 round schooling……………….

Posted June 19, 2013 5:51 pm 


@Manny,that’s true but all of his opponents suck when they fight against him !

Posted June 19, 2013 1:23 am 


B hop sucks always has

Posted June 19, 2013 1:15 am 


No one beats Hopkins ! They might get a decision from him but they can never give him a beating , no one did before and no one will!

Posted June 18, 2013 11:47 pm 

Tyrone Jones

The Nation of Islam and all Suni imams demand that Hopkins duck bad Christian white man

Posted June 18, 2013 11:15 pm 


kid blast, i’d be very surprised if he does.

Posted June 18, 2013 9:07 pm 


Hopkins by ud. He will make this an ugly fight. He will jab n grab. Hold n hit. Frustrate this guy vintage bhop style! But if dude is allowed to open up then he may well be the guy to retire bhop. But bhop doesnt allow anyone to do that. Trust bhop will use every trick n the book!

Posted June 18, 2013 7:57 pm 

Kid Blast

Thee edge? Hell, he would be a 5-1 favorite going in. Hopkins will never, ever fight this monster.

Posted June 18, 2013 7:53 pm 


Kovalev is very active, very energetic & strong that could give’im the edge against a very old Hops. Bernard might not be able to keep up…

Posted June 18, 2013 6:15 pm 

lBallou Armash

Fight Aficionado: Fair enough. The analogy to Calzaghe/Lacy may have been somewhat over the top. I agree that offensively, Kovalev is technically an outstanding fighter, but I still see a careless, flawed attitude when it comes to his defense. Coming forward with his hands too low, particularly, with his right down around his hip, spells trouble down the road against the top tier 175 pounders.

Posted June 18, 2013 6:14 pm 

Fight Aficionado

“Hopkins-Kovalev bout reminds me of another fight a few years back. Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy was another big knockout artist who went over to Europe and got his arse handed to him by a feather fisted Welshman named Calzaghe.” – Have you seen Kovalev fight? Lacy was just a swarming puncher while Kovalev is a technical boxer who puts dudes to sleep. Great balance, footwork and he gets leverage on his punches without lunging. Nobody should presume he’s just a puncher.

Posted June 18, 2013 5:26 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Sweet. If Bhop wants to keep his IBF belt he’s going to have to fight Kovalev. If the fight happens I predict Kovalev wins. If it happens…

Posted June 18, 2013 5:24 pm 

Ballou Armash

This proposed Hopkins-Kovalev bout reminds me of another fight a few years back. Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy was another big knockout artist who went over to Europe and got his arse handed to him by a feather fisted Welshman named Calzaghe. This Russian guy may hit like a mule, but he’s got tons of defensive holes in his game and B-Hop will expose every one of them. This fight, if it’s made, will be Hopkins-Pavlik all over again.

Posted June 18, 2013 3:41 pm 


Kovalev has great punching instincts, and is offensively wonderful to watch.

However, he fights with his hands low and takes unnecessary shots.

White hit him often simply because of Kovalev’s focus on offense. White staggered Kovalev with a jab in the second round– simply because of Kovalev’s style of simply rushing in with hands down.

Kovalev has a nice jab, but needs to use it more. He has to keep his hands up.

Hopkins will look to exploit these flaws.

Is Hopkins too old to take advantage of Kovalev’s mistakes?

Posted June 18, 2013 2:13 pm 


There will be no knockout here unless Kovalev gets knocked out. I’m taking Kovalev by decision.

Posted June 18, 2013 1:02 pm 


Hopkins handled Pavlik’s heavy hands, did he not?

Posted June 18, 2013 12:32 pm 

Kid Blast

This will happen when Bernie Madoff goes free.

Posted June 18, 2013 11:37 am 


ANOTHER fight for B-Hop that NO ONE wants to see.

Posted June 18, 2013 11:36 am 


this is a chance for BHop to prove his greatness,if he should get a victory over Kovalev that would be extremely impressive.Bernard had some trouble with Chad and the Russian hits a heap harder.Bernard may try to survive early and then do what he did in the pascal fight.

Posted June 18, 2013 10:34 am 


I think Hopkins will take the fight. If he doesn’t he forfeits his title. So what. Why lose any sleep over a champion that won’t take on all comers?

Posted June 18, 2013 10:09 am 

Prof Konje

What about Kovalev against Stevenson? Two punchers would be a great, short fight. It seems that the more interesting matches are not made.

Posted June 18, 2013 9:51 am 


Hopkins won’t take this fight. Expect him to vacate his title in favor of some other fight. And don’t expect that fight to be Adonis either. Retirement is also a possibility.

Posted June 18, 2013 9:24 am 


Technically the lowest Kovalev should get for this fight is 25% and that’s what he’s entitled to even if he loses the purse bid. The champ is entitled to 25%.

So if he’s happy with that do it. He knows he’ll by far get the most exposure out of fighting Hopkins and he obviously has full belief he’ll beat him to cash in on his exposure after the Hopkins fight.

Posted June 18, 2013 9:16 am 

Ghetto Warrior

Man popkins will be loving this. He loves when you doubt him.

All those Kovalev is the hottest prospect in the sport – wtf. Has serious pop in both hands but come on man…..

I been watching this Kovalev – this dude is straight up, robotic, the mudda is wide open. Man ol popkins gonna eat this dude up and spit him out, another career ruined.

Remember i told you now.

Posted June 18, 2013 9:12 am 

Hype Train

I just heard Hopkins poop in his pants.

Posted June 18, 2013 8:52 am 


Not a good idea for Hopkins, he’s going to get his arse kiked big time. Cool !!!

Posted June 18, 2013 8:51 am 



Posted June 18, 2013 8:47 am 


If Hopkins takes the fight, Kovalev will give him the beating of his life, and if he isn’t knocked out, Hopkins will wish that he had been.

Posted June 18, 2013 8:22 am 


Hopkins by schooling UD. I am the GREATEST fight prophet ever born!

Posted June 18, 2013 7:38 am 


popkins to retire

Posted June 18, 2013 6:44 am 


Looks like pops is gonna lose to another white boy

Posted June 18, 2013 6:08 am 

Pat Mustard

Hopkins will probably look to fight a unification bout with Stevenson, best of both worlds cause Stevenson would likely be easier to outbox than Kovalev too.

Posted June 18, 2013 4:22 am 


I think hopkins will run. If he fights he will have to create some way to fold like fake an injury or he will get his skull crushed like everyone else that fights the skull crusher kovalev. This is great news

Posted June 18, 2013 4:05 am 


we get used to boxing letting us down. champion order to fight no 1 challenger and people are intrigued as to what the champion will do!
if we hear hopkins say, who’s he fought? or i want 90 -10 split, scrap the fight and declared kovalev the champion

Posted June 18, 2013 3:41 am 


Hopkins takes him to school. He’s licking his lips at being written off by a massive hype job.

Posted June 18, 2013 3:36 am 


The IBF doesn’t play around. They’re the BEST sanctioning body out there. I’ll take Kovalev by decision.

Posted June 18, 2013 3:30 am 


“Blimey, this will be interesting to see what Hopkins decides.”


Posted June 18, 2013 3:21 am 


Blimey, this will be interesting to see what Hopkins decides.

Posted June 18, 2013 3:19 am 

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