Hopkins vs. Kovalev tickets go on sale on September 5th at noon
By Allan Fox: Tickets for the November 8th unification fight between IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) will be going on sale on September 5th at noon ET for their fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Ticket prices are as follows: $300, 200, 150, 100, 50 (plus fees). They can be purchased by Ticketmaster and at Boardwalk Hall box office.
This is a great showdown and perhaps the best one in the light heavyweight division right now. Adonis Stevenson vs. Kovalev or Stevenson vs. Hopkins would be exciting fights too, but Stevenson might be a little too fast and powerful for Hopkins to deal with at this point in the 49-year-old Hopkins’ career.
At least with Kovalev-Hopkins, we’re looking at a fight where Hopkins still has the hand speed advantage. It’s hard to believe that the nearly 50-year-old Hopkins is still faster than Kovalev, but it’s true. Hopkins is considerably faster than Kovalev.
That doesn’t mean Hopkins will win though, because he’s still going to need to prove that he can take Kovalev’s best shots for 12 rounds in order to outpoint him. This isn’t Kelly Pavlik we’re talking about, and the Hopkins that beat Pavlik 6 years ago no longer exists.
Hopkins can’t move like he did in the Pavlik fight and he’s a lot more stationary. Hopkins is still a very tough out for Kovalev, and it’s quite possible that we’ll see Kovalev exposed by the more experienced and versatile Hopkins.
Kovalev’s lack of experience is what could hurt him in this fight. He’s been around for a while, but he’s never fought anyone that you can classify as a good fighter. The best guy that Kovalev has faced thus far during his career is former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, a face first brawler with little punching power.
Even in that fight, Kovalev looked like he was starting to tire by the 3rd round. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had Cleverly taken Kovalev into the deep waters. We might have seen him drown him.