(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) has the chance to crown himself as the light heavyweight champion of the world. The IBF mandatory challenger takes on the living legend Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs) this summer. Only a few more details will have to be sorted out, before this interesting matchup will go ahead.
“I was so excited when I first found out about this,” said the 29-year-old Team Sauerland boxer. “We have been testing my punching power on Thursday and the good news gave me some extra motivation, which showed in the results afterwards.” However, Murat is aware that his next test will be much more difficult. His opponent from Philadelphia wrote boxing history on March 9 when he became the oldest ever world champion at the age of 48 by beating then-titlist Tavoris Cloud. “Hopkins proved that he doesn’t belong to the old guard. I will do everything I can to be in the best shape possible.”
The fight against Hopkins will also be Murat´s first outing on American shores, a prospect he is relishing. “I am really looking forward to it. Fighting in the States will be a very special occasion in my career.” Murat also has a message for the IBF Champion: “I will hurt Hopkins. I have the same attitude as he does. I just don’t train hard, but I train the right way. He is going to feel that.”
Currently, July 27 is a possibility for the clash between the two light heavyweights with New York being the likely destination. Golden Boy Promotions and Sauerland Event will soon announce any new developments.