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Hopkins is 50-years old next year, it amazes me people still think he can fight at the top level.

Posted August 22, 2013 10:39 am 

Swedish Boxing Fan

I can’t say that I have ever heard of that the former undisputed, unifed middleweight world champion and reigning 3-time light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins have called out any fighter below middleweight class (1990-2005) and as a Light heavyweight fighter (2006-present) he have only challanged fighters his own size or bigger men. Hopkins even went as far in a try to move up as high as heavyweighht in order to fight Oleg Maskaiev in 2006 for the WBC title BUT thankfully he did not as that is to far from his original weight class. Bernard Hopkins is a legend and one of the very best of all times – Like it or not but its the truth. 40+ to 48 years of age and have won the Light heavyweight world title 3-times is something NO OTHER boxer have achived in boxing history and never will I belive.First and only boxer so far to have conqerd and unifed all 4 major world title belts + the Lioneal world title as well in a weight class and have them all at same time is only Hopkins to have done.

Posted August 21, 2013 12:39 pm 


Not a chance PEEJ… You’re dreaming.

SK is too young… too strong… too fast… too skilled… too tough.

Posted August 19, 2013 5:08 pm 


I don’t think he would. He may get roughed up by Hopkins and beat by decision.

Posted August 19, 2013 1:56 pm 



You may be right that Hopkins would rather get himself disqualified than get knocked out; in fact, his ego being what it is, I’m quite sure that he would. However, once he gets buzzed by Kovalev, he may not get the chance, as the Russian is a brutal finisher: once he sees his prey hurt, he won’t let them get away with anything.

Consider this: when was the last time Hopkins fought a boxer-puncher with a KO record anything like Kovalev’s? The truth is that Hopkins has NEVER been in with a really concussive puncher at light heavy (or perhaps even at 160), never mind one who is as accurate with his punches as Kovalev.

So again, considering that Pascal had Hopkins down more than once, and Pascal only had a 50% KO rate, and is less accurate than Kovalev, it’s certainly not beyond the bounds of possibility that Kovalev’s combination of speed, accuracy, punch-volume and power lead him to KO Hopkins.

But yes, Hopkins is smart (in a kind of criminal-IQ sort of way), so I imagine he will find a way to duck Kovalev while making it look like he isn’t.

Posted August 19, 2013 7:51 am 


Kovalev will beat Hopkins but I don’t know about stopping him. Hopkins Defense and Boxing IQ are TOO GREAT to get stopped….unless there’s a SISSYFIED ref in there. He’s smart enough to get DQ’d for holding or he’ll pull a Fight changing Headbutt rather than be knocked out….One thing you can bet on is Hopkins is NOT getting knocked out. Defense keeps you IN the Fight. Maybe not on the scorecards but it keeps you in there to hear the Final bell.

Posted August 19, 2013 6:51 am 


Crap: I meant HOPKINS has 2 KOs in his last 20 fights (10%), of course — Kovalev has more like 20 (100%).

Posted August 19, 2013 5:00 am 


Supreme Court…. If Hopkins fights Kovalev he’s a gone goose.. Kovalev is too good a boxer and puncher.

Hopkins was beaten in his first fight.. And when he had 23 fights he lost again.

So far Kovalev hasn’t lost… He just destroyed an undefeated World Champion, 26-0, fighting in the guy’s backyard.. Hopkins can’t match him on that scale, and will NEVER match him.

Posted August 19, 2013 1:27 am 

Tyrone Jones

Murat was no longer the mandatory but Bernard is still taking the fight and its clearly in order to avoid his mandatory Kovalev who is not afraid of anyone

Posted August 18, 2013 11:01 pm 

Supreme Court

Watch folks, the pack keeps howling: “Kovalev will do this, he will do that”…
But none of these blue collars can provide an excuse regarding why KOVALED gave in his mandatory option and a higher paycheque against Hopkins to fight Cleverly…


Once again, BHop is prepared to shred your hearts?
( remember Pavlik)
B-Hop is asking in the Video, ” I have a Belt, I have the status of legend”, why is Kovalev going to UK to fight for a lesser cheque?
You answer, herd of morons!
Kovalev is slow and wide open, even Stevie Wonder saw that…..

(BHop, comme a l’accoutummee, dechiquera vos coeurs a nouveau).

Posted August 18, 2013 9:35 pm

Posted August 18, 2013 9:37 pm 

Tyrone Jones

Probably more steaming loads of brown supremashi_s

Posted August 18, 2013 9:13 pm 

Tyrone Jones

ha ha wonder what stanky poopaganda Vivic is digesting for us right about now

Posted August 18, 2013 9:02 pm 


And learn more about Boxing Hidalgo. You picked Cleverly when he had NO shot. Anyone who has any ability to analyze Fighters could see that this would be a stoppage WIN for Kovalev. It was FEATHERS vs BRICKS and a Highly SKILLED Puncher vs an average Puncher at BEST. Not very difficult to pick…..unless you have Half a brain.

Posted August 18, 2013 8:49 pm 


“And why do you always feel the need to bragg Assamundo? Everyone else talks about the fight but you talk about you. Insecure, aren’t you”-Its called CELEBRATING Hissydalgo. Life is TOO short to not celevrate when you have the chance. IF you get them CORRECT as much as I DO you’ll be celebrating all the time TOO…. And I AM talking about the Fight. Kovalev WON making Cleverly WILT under the onslaught just as I called. I congratulate him on that. He made me look GOOD once again!!!

Posted August 18, 2013 8:44 pm

Supreme, anyone with common sense can google these quotes and find numerous credible links. Hopkins is not credible proven by the very fact he is fighting Murat who is longer the #1 mandatory, has no belts, or fan fare.

Posted August 18, 2013 8:14 pm 

Supreme Court

My dear blue-collar , I posted a link,
Where is yours?
You think you are at Boxing news 24 where you spread lies like butter on a toast?

Posted August 18, 2013 7:55 pm

After Kovalev became Hopkins mandatory, Schaefer made the following quotes Sports Illustrated and various sports writers:

“I don’t know how attractive that fight is. I’ve never heard of [Kovalev]. That doesn’t mean he is now a good. Bernard wants historically significant fights, and that means unifications.”

“I don’t know how attractive that fight is. I’ve never heard of [Kovalev], many people have never heard of him.”

Posted August 18, 2013 7:52 pm 


I’m not lying. I simply asked a question and was waiting for a response. Where did you get your info that said Golden Boy claimed not to know who he is? I mean apparently he isn’t well known did you see the crowd?

Posted August 18, 2013 7:29 pm 


Kovalev is good and he is a good puncher, but beating the overrated Coverly says nothing.

Posted August 18, 2013 7:14 pm

Peeg and Supreme Why lie? Kovalev VS. Cleverly were already in talks when Murat’s visa problems suddenly made Kovalev Hopkin’s mandatory. Team Cleverly were heehawing around so kathy Duva (Kovalev’s promoter) immediately began emailing Golden Boy and publicly calling out Hopkins but Golden Boy said “few fans have ever heard of kovalev”

Posted August 18, 2013 5:42 pm 



Posted August 18, 2013 5:11 pm 


Finley over Fonfara over Campillo over Murat

Posted August 18, 2013 3:51 pm 

ray gordon reid


Posted August 18, 2013 3:28 pm 

ray gordon reid

hopkins over murat

Posted August 18, 2013 3:27 pm 


Why all the denial? Hopkins has been calling out Martinez for years.

Team Kovalev preferred Hopkins over Cleverly but Hopkins and Schaefer said few people would “attracted to a fight with Kovalev”

Posted August 18, 2013 3:12 pm 


Good puncher but stupid to wear Che Guevarra T-Shirt.

Posted August 18, 2013 3:03 pm 

ray gordon reid

raygordonreid waycross GA u.s.a jan1/11/1955 the ex esb sheriff

Posted August 18, 2013 1:54 pm 


Yeah but didnt Hopkins make this public tirade after being challenged by Calzaghe “I’m a slick afroamerican and I dont like being beat by white boys”

Posted August 18, 2013 1:32 pm

yes Hopkins has been calling out lil fellers like Martinez for years and typically is giddy to accept much smaller GGG’s challenge but not Kovalevs.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:16 pm 

ray gordon reid

that better be josey wales answer

Posted August 18, 2013 1:12 pm 

ray gordon reid

BEST welsh boxer calzaghe

Posted August 18, 2013 1:11 pm 


GGG called out Hopkins. Hopkins never called out GGG. And he is defeinding his belt against a light heavy. All his fights have been against Light Heavies since moving to that division. Not sure where all this he is trying to make a name off smaller fighters is coming from.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:35 pm

No Hopkins is still trying to build his legacy on much littler fellers like Martinez, GGG, etc.. while bypassing the big boys near his own weight, and this fear would not be conducive for a fighter like Hopkins who works hard to intimidate

Posted August 18, 2013 12:27 pm 


Sergie Kovalev looked very dangerous, more like Glovetikin, then Lacy. In the fight against Cleverly he should that he is a rare explosive puncher, with well above average boxing skills. The only fighter that has a chance of beating Kovalev is Andre Ward. In Which before the was 75% now after the fight I give Ward a 50% chance of winning. I don’t think Hopkins wants to fight Kovalev since he will definately get his ass whipped by a W_ _ _ _ B_ _. Against Adonis Stevans an exciting all action fight with Kovalevs boxing skills be way to much for Adonis Stevens. Which will allow Sergie Kovalev do land his punches, while avoiding Adonis Stevens power punches

Posted August 18, 2013 12:23 pm 


I would take Hopkins and Ward over Kovalev. Ward is not even a light heavy but I would still take him over Kovalev. I would like to see Kovalev vs Stevenson.

Posted August 18, 2013 10:55 am 


“An Hopkins will take this dude to school.” Maybe. Maybe not.

Posted August 18, 2013 10:11 am 


And why do you always feel the need to bragg Assamundo? Everyone else talks about the fight but you talk about you. Insecure, aren’t you?

Posted August 18, 2013 10:10 am 


“Kovalev WON by Welshman WILTING stoppage as I CORRECTLY called!!!! CORRECTAMUNDO is the opposite of DUMBO!!!…..also known as Hissydalgo. LMFAO!!!”

But I did pick Barker to beat Geale and he did. You DIDN”T make a choice in this fight did you Correctamundo? Why?

Posted August 18, 2013 10:09 am 


vince and team clev are the elite boxing trainers.

Posted August 18, 2013 9:34 am 



Ward wins in the super six to get home field advantage, now because you guys are butt hurt he should leave his home town because you think he should. Who are you does he know you will he listen to you the answer I’m sure is no. If someone wants what you have why would you take it to them they should come and get it. Your logic is idiotic, makes no sense what so ever. If I had a title and you wanted to fight me for it I should come to where you live where there’s a possibility of so home cooking in the decision in your favor. No, I’m not that dumb(maybe a little stupid), you would have to come to my home turf or some city in the U.S. not connected to either of us. Ward beat everyone in the super six, winning the option of fighting on his home turf by not losing. When everyone else won they fought in their home towns, but since ward got to fight at home because he smoked everyone he fought its now unfair. I can’t see the logic in your arguement, it just doesn’t make sense.

Posted August 18, 2013 9:07 am 

Swedish Boxing Fan

Looks like Nathan Cleverly is out for getting a top fight against legend Bernard Hopkins in a world title unification bout now when Sergey Kovalev have knocked out Cleverly inside 4 rounds and the title lost. Oh well Hopkins can always fight other possible opponents.

Posted August 18, 2013 8:01 am 



Posted August 18, 2013 7:12 am 



Old guy, Kovalev is as powerful as Foreman was in his early stages, against some good fighters but Ward & Hopkins are special in a very distinctive & proven way; I see Ward salivating about a fight against Kovalev but I think BHops will beat him to it…they both will school him, believe it or not…

I thin all this talk of ward is rubbish, Kovalev should fight stevenson in USA then fight Bernard the cheat hopkins in Russia, most Americans dont travel in the case of that wuss Andre Ward he is a california fighter who wont even fight outside his home state.

Posted August 18, 2013 7:07 am 



Posted August 18, 2013 6:32 am 


Mick mate there’s every chance Ward moves up and I bet he does, whats left for him at 168?

Posted August 18, 2013 6:12 am 


I notice Kovalev uses Cleto Reyes Gloves, no wonder his opponents feel those shots,ouch!

Posted August 18, 2013 6:11 am 


if dawson can beat b-hop there’s no doubt kovalev will beat hopkins

Posted August 18, 2013 6:03 am 



Posted August 18, 2013 5:09 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Why all this talk of Andre Ward? He fight’s @ 168Lb & will never move to 175. He would expect kovalev to move down to 168 & fight in Oakland CA!

Posted August 18, 2013 4:44 am 


Congratulations to Kovalev, he came over here and did the business on Cleverly. After seeing his highlight reel the other day I thought to myself “cleverly is going to have real problems with this fella”. I didn’t expect him to make such short work of it all though!! Fair play to Nathan for taking such a risky fight. He’s a good fighter but not exceptional which is the level needed to operate in a talent rich light heavy weight division.

Posted August 18, 2013 4:41 am 


Kovalev would beat the crap out of Hopkins, Stevenson, Pascal, Ward or any other light heavy weight. So many were predicting Cleverly to knock Kovalev out, but I knew better. Hell, Hopkins lost to Dawson! Ward has no real power, Kovalev would walk right through him.

Posted August 18, 2013 4:19 am 


Kovalev WON by Welshman WILTING stoppage as I CORRECTLY called!!!! CORRECTAMUNDO is the opposite of DUMBO!!!…..also known as Hissydalgo. LMFAO!!!

Posted August 18, 2013 4:10 am 


Still Waiting.

Posted August 18, 2013 4:06 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

So what’s next for Nathan Cleverley? & UK boxing in the light-heavyweight division in general. Tony Bellew is the WBC #1 mandatory contender @ 175Lb, so a fight with Adonis Stephenson looks likely. Clev is still young & talented enough to come back, but needs to naturally return to the drawing board. The BBBofC have ordered new Commonwealth champion Enzo Maccarinelli to contest the vacant British title against English champion Bob Ajisafe before the end of the year, so surely the logical move would be to challenge the winner. Either that or relocate to the USA.

Posted August 18, 2013 3:56 am 


Kovalev looked good but let’s not get over-excited. UK fans who know boxing were aware that Cleverly was a paper champion with no credible opponents on his record.

Posted August 18, 2013 3:36 am 


Kovalev will knock out all the light heavyweight champions. Hopkins refused to fight him, so he went into Cleverly’s home town and knocked him out. The ref actually had to carry Cleverly back to him corner. I have never seen any thing like it! In the fourth round, Kovalev destroyed Cleverly! Hell, even Dawson beat Hopkins! Ward would get knocked out if he were to fight Kovalev. Ward will not get into a ring with Kovalev.

Posted August 18, 2013 3:05 am 


Ward has no power, kovalev will walk straight through him, old popkins will also get destroyed, even dawson beat him. Kovalev can box and has great power, this makes him special

Posted August 18, 2013 2:46 am 


Old guy, Kovalev is as powerful as Foreman was in his early stages, against some good fighters but Ward & Hopkins are special in a very distinctive & proven way; I see Ward salivating about a fight against Kovalev but I think BHops will beat him to it…they both will school him, believe it or not…

Posted August 18, 2013 1:15 am 

old guy

Kovalev would destroy Hopkins and Ward on the same nite. You folks just don’t get it……this is a force of nature like the division hasn’t seen in 30 years. Kovalev just made the undefeated world champ look like he didn’t belong in the same ring. This is very very special.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:43 am 


An Hopkins will take this dude to school.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:55 pm 


The only way that Hopkins neutralizes Kovalev is to never fight him. If he fights Sergei, Hopkins will be knocked cold.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:45 pm 

old guy

I went on several posts and predicted that Kovalev destroys Cleverly in 3. I was wrong by 1 round. This guy is the real deal.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:28 pm 


Now where are all those posters that personally insulted me while I gave a harsh but realistic insight to the outcome of this fight and their former paper champ Cleverly? Where are you all? I kinow that not one of you will be man enough to apologise but a self admission that Cleverly is a D grader or was not in Kovalevs league will suffice. I’m sure you all feel embarrassed but I can understand deluded one eyed patriotism. So where are you all?

Posted August 17, 2013 10:54 pm 


Kovalev seem to do what he was supposed to do. Thought Cleverly would show something but really wasn’t impressed with him. Congrats to Kovalev. Like to see home with either Stevenson or Hopkins. I think Hopkins would neutralize him and maybe stop him late. Him and Pascal would be a good fight also

Posted August 17, 2013 10:51 pm 

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