Proud new dad Sergey Kovalev isn’t in the mood for any niceties after vowing to ‘kick ass’ when he faces Bernard Hopkins this weekend.
HBO Sports presents the fall’s most-anticipated boxing event when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: BERNARD HOPKINS VS. SERGEY KOVALEV AND SADAM ALI VS. LUIS CARLOS ABREGU is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 8 at 10:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
When 49-year old WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) faces 31-year old WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) in a unification battle on Saturday, November 8 in Atlantic City, he will bring more than a pair of gloved fists. Hopkins brings almost 30 years of history with him.
The continuing success of “The Alien” can make it easy to forget just how long Hopkins has been a part of the professional boxing landscape.
By Ken Woods: The light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) on November 8 is being billed as a highly competitive contest between two of the division’s best. However, the actual contest will be anything but.
Hopkins will absolutely embarrass Kovalev on his way to a unanimous decision victory, making history once again by unifying titles. Kovalev is portrayed as a big bad wolf in the division with dangerous punching power and a seek and destroy mentality. This is mostly hype.
ATLANTIC CITY (November 3, 2014) – Months of grueling training and countless hours of preparation have led to arguably the most anticipated fight of 2014 featuring Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins taking on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. This Saturday, Nov. 8 fight fans will finally get a chance to see what all the talk is about when the light heavyweight champions meet at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
by Jay McIntyre: The struggle as old as time – age vs youth – is about to be settled in Atlantic City on November 8th. Statistically a fighter’s prime years are his early thirties where he is blessed with that perfect mixture of youth and wisdom. Sergey Kovalev is at this phyiscal and mental summit in his career. But as the years and the body wear on, the mind is called upon more and more to find a way to persevere. For, make no mistake, every fighter only has so many fights in him. How many fights that happens to be comes down to the nature of the fights and the nature of the fighter. When one looks at Bernard Hopkins, a 49 year old prize fighter who has lived and seen it all, one must wonder: how many fights does he have left, or is he on borrowed time? His capacity to scorn Father Time seems decidedly “alien”.
By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) will be putting his two titles on the line this Saturday night, November 8th against WBO 175 pound champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
This is perhaps the final chance for the 49-year-old Hopkins to try and unify all the titles in the light heavyweight division, because he’s not young enough to stick around to try and come back from a loss to Kovalev to go after all the titles.
By Dan Ambrose: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) thinks that IBF/WBA champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) sometimes reverts to acting if things aren’t going well for him in his fights.
Kovalev specifically mentions Hopkins’ first fight against Chad Dawson in October 2011, a fight in which Hopkins complained that he suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd round. The fight bout was then halted, and the fight was ultimately ruled as a no contest.
By Yannis Mihanos: What keeps 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins going? One thing is certain the IBF and WBA light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins has already booked a place in boxing history.
A place that not many and certainly not at this age will enter. Against heavy bomber Sergey “The Crusher” Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) will have a very tough challenge in their fight HBO Championship Boxing on November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.