Hopkins: Kovalev is getting a systematic whopping
(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and WBO champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) met today in a press conference in New York to promoter their upcoming November 8th unification fight at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Hopkins did most of the talking, as usual. Kovalev spoke briefly saying very little other than that he would leaving the promotional work to Hopkins because he’s not a big talker.
“After I whop Kovalev systematically, I don’t want to be on nobody’s pound-for-pound list because that will make me a human,” Hopkins said in today’s press conference in New York. “You’re going to see an artist on November 8th. You’re going to witness Louie Armstrong. Watch the ageless one take care of business.”
During the face-off, Hopkins appeared to trash talk Kovalev and put his face next to his. Kovalev reached up with his arms as if to push Hopkins away, but Hopkins said something to him calm him down.
Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya said “I believe this is just the beginning for Bernard Hopkins.”
De La Hoya is hoping that the soon to be 50-year-old Hopkins can keep going and going, but he’s nearing the end. Hopkins has done well lately against Beibut Shumenov, Karo Murat and Tavoris Cloud, but he’s still not beaten a good fighter since he defeated Jean Pascal in 2011.
Hopkins was beaten by Chad Dawson in 2012, and ever since then, he’s fought beatable opponents in Murat, Shumenov and Cloud. Hopkins has looked good, but look at who he’s faced. He’s still the same fighter that Dawson beat in 2012. The only difference is that he’s fought three weak fighters at 175 and showed that even at 49, he could beat them.
I have a feeling that Hopkins is going to get exposed in this fight and made to look every bit of his 49 years. Kovalev is on a much higher level than the guys that Hopkins has been padding his record with lately, and I see Hopkins taking a lot of punishment in this fight and getting stopped for the first time in his career. Kovalev will hurt Hopkins no matter where he hits him, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kovalev score a knockout with a body shot on November 8th.