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Mike

Hopkins vs Kovalev would be an interesting fight. Kovalev has the power to take Hopkins out, but Hopkins has the skills to not let him land and clinch when necasary. The past has shown Hopkins struggles against fast people that throw combinations: Roy Jones, jermain Taylor, Joe Calazake, and Chad Dawson. Kovalev has more of Pavlik style, but at this time age might catch up to Hopkins at anytime, especially against the power and aggressiveness of Kovalev. The safe bet for the fight would be Kovalev by decision or late TKO. But if we were talking about the Hopkins that fought Trinidad I would pick Hopkins by dominating decision. And yes I know he was a middleweight then but he was approximately the same size then he just dropped weight to make the limit.

Posted January 17, 2014 5:01 am 


Ethereal1

Shumenov has enough power to KO Hopkins. Shumenov is much slower and plodding though. Hopkins would be iffy if he gets touched solid by Shumenov. Shumenov is a far cry from Kovalev. Hopkins has a better chance against shumenov, but the KO threat is there.still. this guy is getting old and will get caught.

Posted January 15, 2014 11:34 pm 


Frank

I have heard myself many stories out of the ring how much of a jerk Bernard Hopkins is. Bernard forgets who pays him to have all those fancy expensive cars and houses. The people do to get in return a non fight of just walking arounf tying up and doing nothing to win a UD. Hop is a joke on all levels

Posted January 15, 2014 12:43 pm 


Martin

@Joe

I agree that Hopkins clinches and holds and is a spoiler who seems to be able to make any fight boring, but the fact is that he’s been down five times in his career against fighters with nothing like the power or skills of Kovalev.

Anyone can be KO’d, and this would be the most dangerous fight of Hopkins’ career, coming when he is almost 50 years old. So all I’m saying is that it’s *possible* that Hopkins would get KO’d, and I think that’s more reasonable than to suggest that there’s no way it could possibly happen.

Posted January 15, 2014 10:25 am 


Joe

Martin of course Hopkins wouldn’t get Ko’ed. Look at his style. There is no absolutly no secret to Hopkins. All he does does is grab and clinch. Hopkins acts like he is this slick fighter that is special. Watch his fighting he gets you down to his pace to a crawl. boring

Posted January 15, 2014 10:13 am 


Martin

@Boxing Barlow:

“there is no way this planet Kovalev would knock B-hop out!”

You’re just going to the other extreme here. It’s certainly *possible* that Hopkins would get KO’d. After all, Hopkins was floored twice by Jean Pascal in the opening rounds of their first fight, and Pascal was a super-middleweight moving up with only a 50% KO record. What if Hopkins were to get caught like that by Kovalev? I don’t think it’s far-fetched to imagine that Kovalev would be able to close the show.

Also, Hopkins has never faced a monstrous KO artist like Kovalev. Trinidad was moving up from Welterweight, whereas RJJ had only fought mainly C-class competition at that time, and fought a very cautious/technical fight against Hopkins. Kovalev, on the other hand, has something like a 90% KO rate at light-heavy — and the likes of Campillo, White, Cleverly and Sillakh are certainly no pushovers.

You of course have a point that Hopkins is very good defensively, tends to be very elusive, and does a whole lot of holding, clinching and spoiling. It is therefore also possible that Hopkins might manage to avoid Kovalev’s big shots and turn the fight into an ugly, boring stinker. Both outcomes are possible, but to insist either that Kovalev *definitely would* KO Hopkins, or that “there is no way on this planet” that he could, are both very silly extremes in my view.

Anyway, since Hopkins has that very expedient excuse that GB and HBO won’t do business together, I guess we’ll never know.

Posted January 15, 2014 9:48 am 


mack

Hopkins is a definite hall of famer, and even past 40, a handful for any opponent. In the past, fast movers like Dawson have given him the most trouble. That being said, I don’t think he should be trashing Kovalev if he is not planning to fight him. Sign for the fight, and you can say anything you want in the buildup. Hopkins has had an amazing career and to still be fighting at top level is remarkable; Shumenov is not an easy mark. There is no need to malign men you won’t be fighting.

Posted January 15, 2014 9:24 am 


Anonymous

popkins is the biggest coward in middleweight history.

Posted January 15, 2014 8:34 am 


Boxing Barlow

Those saying Kovalev would destroy Hopkins are in cloud cuckoo! Name me the fighter who has destroyed B-Hop? And we aint talking a protected fighter here Hopkins has been in with the best fighters of the past 20 years and the most a fighter has been able to beat him by is 5 rounds (in a fight where one judge scored it even!). I’m indifferent on Hopkins. I respect what he’s done in the sport yet think he should retire and let boxing be. Yet as a avid follower of the sport I find people’s opinions that Kovalev would KO Hopkins easily ridiculous. Based on what? That he has knocked out Nathan Cleverly! That’s the only half decent name Kovalev has on his resume. Roy Jones, Calzaghe, Oscar, Trinidad, Cloud, Dawson, Pascal, Pavlik, Tarver, Taylor, have all had a go at cracking Hopkins’ nut and have got no where near! I cant even remember him being in trouble in a fight let alone being any where near to getting knocked out and this is against top top fighters! I would put my money on Kovalev to win, because I think he is a more rounded fighter (rather than just being a KO artist) and would be able to out work Hopkins and would do enough to get the nod. But as the old saying goes you cant KO what you cant hit and even at Hopkins old age he still has the tools to remain elusive enough to avoid getting knocked out by Kovalev. it would cost him the fight because he would be so consumed in spoiling, holding avoiding those potentially KO punches that he would gift the fight to the more active Kovalev, but there is no way this planet Kovalev would knock B-hop out!

Posted January 15, 2014 8:06 am 


Adrian

Yeah sure he would beat him easi’er then Calzaghe lol or just as easy as Taylor beat Abraham lol…

No shame he talks crap because he knows he don’t have to fight him !!! Faking jerk!!!!

Posted January 15, 2014 6:01 am 


TARK

Hopkins would never last with Kovalev…

First 4 rounds he’d be gone. He wouldn’t last longer than Cleverly … He’s old, slow, and easy to hit… He has no chance in the world to go 12… Calzaghe couldn’t punch as hard as Cleverly and was wide open … Jermain Taylor is one of the worst middleweight champions in history… Dawson has no strength and no chin… All these guys beat Hopkins. Kov would kill him.

BTW… Cleverly fought a lot more like Pavlik than Kovalev does… Cleverly was an undefeated world champion 27-0, who beat the last mandatories for Hopkins and Stevenson.

Kovalev is a superior boxer… He not only knocked the tall, speedy Sillakh out — he out-scored him… He easily jabbed the crap out of Cleverly and beat him inside, outside, upside, and downside.

Herron’s favorite expert, Gogue, thought Cleverly would beat Kovalev.

Posted January 15, 2014 1:28 am 


Boxtradamus

Hopkins is an ATG Defender. Even a PRIME Roy Jones Jr. couldn’t drop him. But at 50 yrs old vs a A PRIME Kovalev he’s in trouble. He’d be overwhelmed like he was vs Calzaghe except he’d be eating Heavy PUNCHES not SLAPS…Hopkins has MUCH Boxing IQ and savvy though. He’s going to find a way to not get stopped. He’s going to headbutt Kovalev and cause a deep cut to try and frustrate him. He’s going to tie him UP. He’s going to rabbit punch him on the opposite side of the ref. He’s going to DO everything he can DO to prevent the stoppage LOSS. SO he’ll LOSE by decision.

Posted January 14, 2014 11:59 pm 


Ethereal1

Old spoiled milk that’s past its good till date doesn’t know its bad and has to be removed from the fridge. Same thing for old man here. Murat is a bum, Dawson was overhyped, Cloud is one dimensional and limited. Kovalev is not Kelly Pavlik. He punches in bunches and he can CRACK! Hopkins, go rest old man and work on cherry picking some easy fights. Enjoy your last few years. If he keeps talking crazy; people will thing he’s senile. Kovalev will knock you out cold within 3. You’re slowing, lazy movement will not stop you from getting cracked harder than any time you’ve been hit before. But then that will be the first of 4-5 punches that will follow and land also. Rest old man, rest.

Posted January 14, 2014 11:58 pm 


Puncher007

There wouldn’t be enough left of Hopkins to make a Philly cheesesteak! The Krusher would rip him to shreads

Posted January 14, 2014 11:40 pm 


Puncher007

Eastside won’t let me say what I want about the biggest COWARD in boxing! PLEASE Bernard the chicken boy try to fight Kovalev! I would love to see him put you on the canvas where you belong! You nothing but a fake! If you are stupid enough to put Kovalev in the same category as Pavlik you are delusional! All Kelly could do is punch strait forward and he was slow, play your stupid games with Kovalev and he will retire you boy! You are scared and so is everyone else!

Posted January 14, 2014 11:37 pm 


TARK

Hopkins can be a jerk… He will never fight Kovalev and neither will Stevenson. They’re both scared of Sergei.

Pavlik was beaten easily by Martinez and it shows Kelly was finished… Kelly was messed up mentally by alcoholism… In no way was Pavlik anything like Kovalev, who’s 10 times the boxer, a much better defender, and a much better and physically stronger puncher than Pavlik ever was.

When Pavlik fought Hopkins he had a swollen bursa sac on his left elbow, and he was loaded with antibiotics because of a bad case of bronchitis… Kelly wanted to postpone the fight but Jack Lord talked him into taking it.

Lord… “It’s millions of dollars Kelly, and he’s an old man. He couldn’t even beat Jermain Taylor. You’re not risking your title fighting him Kelly… What’s the problem?” … The problem was, Pavlik looked terrible and couldn’t fight worth a nickel that night.

Posted January 14, 2014 10:46 pm 


Fight Aficionado

Yeah Bhop? Go fight him then… I didn’t think so.

Posted January 14, 2014 9:28 pm 


old guy

for realsies? Bet the house on Kovalev

Posted January 14, 2014 9:27 pm 


old guy

please.

Posted January 14, 2014 9:26 pm 


Swedish Boxing Fan

Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov – WBA/IBF/IBA unification match = Hopkins as winner by close UD.

Adonis Stevenson vs. Sergey Kovalev – Lineal/WBC/WBO unification match = Stevenson by UD or late TKO.

Beibut Shumenov vs. Sergey Kovalev – World title eleminator match = Kovalev by middle rounds KO.

Bernard Hopkins vs. Adonis Stevenson – Unified/Undisputed light heavyweight championship of the world (Lineal/WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO/IBA) = Hopkins winner by close SD.

Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev – Unified/Undisputed light heavyweight championship of the world (Lineal/WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO/IBA) = Hopkins winner by close UD.

Now all this is very wishfull thinking BUT I will wish for this fights to happen with the same outcomes of the fights :-)
It would be awsome to see a 49 year old Bernard Hopkins, against all odds pull all this off.

Posted January 14, 2014 9:03 pm 


Kid Blast

Hopkins will be sent flying back to Philly. The Krussher takes no prisoners.

Posted January 14, 2014 7:31 pm 


Goosey

Martin
“I think it’s time that promoters who really want to give fans the fights they want arrange more tournaments like the Super Six, where the top fighters in each division have to fight each other. If you could have the equivalent of the Super Six at Junior Welterweight, Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight right now, boxing would be in a REALLY good place!! (Just dreaming, of course, but that’s the way in SHOULD be….) … Good comment

Posted January 14, 2014 7:04 pm 


Martin

I think it’s time that promoters who really want to give fans the fights they want arrange more tournaments like the Super Six, where the top fighters in each division have to fight each other. If you could have the equivalent of the Super Six at Junior Welterweight, Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight right now, boxing would be in a REALLY good place!! (Just dreaming, of course, but that’s the way in SHOULD be….)

Posted January 14, 2014 6:36 pm 


Martin

@eric:

You seem a little torn on Hopkins: stinking the place out by hugging and clinching and spoiling is not exactly what I’d call “slick”.

As for fights not seeming possible, the fights people want to see at LHW don’t look very likely at the moment either: i.e. it doesn’t look like any of Kovalev, Stevenson, Hopkins or Ward are likely to fight each other any time soon.

In fact, it’s the same BS right across boxing: the fights people really want to see just ain’t happening, either because of the HBO/GB/Showtime and alphabet championship politics, greedy promoters, and/or boxers determined to duck people they’re scared of losing to.

What a sad state of affairs!!

In fact, are there ANY really bigs fights being made in 2014????

Posted January 14, 2014 6:32 pm 


eric

We can make predictions all day long, but you never really get a definitive answer until the fight happens.

Kovelev and bhops division has the most exciting match ups to me at the moment, if they unify titles.

Sure there’s martinez vs 3G and Mayweather vs pac but those fight dont seem possible.

Posted January 14, 2014 6:10 pm 


eric

Bhop does stink up a fight with his tactic s,. Some would consider it cheating to win.

That fight eigh joe c was hard to watch, howver much of joe c earlier fights were fun to watch, bhop stunk that up to.

Bhop is ofcourse a legend in the sport and most of the time finds a way to win, can ge very crafty.
Other fighters that do whatever it takes to win no matter how ugly and boring the fight is wont get any credit or support in general. ( KLITSCHKO ). Perfect example.

Anyways bhop has to be talented to still be around this long and still winning.

Last of the breed of true slick fighters.

Posted January 14, 2014 6:04 pm 


PEEJ

Hopkins was never completely dominated by Dawson. That is ridiculous.

Posted January 14, 2014 5:53 pm 


JE

Hopkins has zero interest in fighting Kovalev or Stevenson. Since being completely dominated by Dawson, BHOP has wisely sought out the sub-world title with the IBF. He may choose to “unify” another sub-world title with Shumenov but he won’t push to cross the HBO/Showtime divide. He does know his limitations at this point. If there were 1964, 1974, or 1984 instead of 2014 Hopkins would’ve lost the world belt and then never have achieved world title status again. He’ll stay with Showtime and fight all the semi-contenders the IBF will allow.

Posted January 14, 2014 5:19 pm 


Jones

Hopkins who wants to see a grab and hold match. boring and dirty

Posted January 14, 2014 4:58 pm 


PEEJ

Problem is when ever you fight Hopkins, some how the opponents always drops his punch out put and it actually becomes a Hopkins paced fight.

Posted January 14, 2014 4:51 pm 


Anonymous

Kovalev is a stalker, but a very good one, has power in both hands and is in excellant condition…..you have to be able to go the distance at a fast pace and defend yourself very well in order to beat him. if anyone can do that, then it shouldn’t be a problem

Posted January 14, 2014 4:33 pm 


Pete

I like meeting fighters. I have talked to Manny Pacquiao, Mike tyson and Mark Breland and a few others all nice people. One fighter named Bernard hopkins I wanted to meet wasn’t interested in talking to me or even sighing a autograph. I never met a fighter that had a piss poor sttitude like hopkins. Fighters generally like fans. After my experience with Bernard Hopkins I am no fan of him and I have no respect for him either.

Posted January 14, 2014 3:36 pm 


Martin

@ boxing barlow:

I certainly don’t remember any such media frenzy, though you may have a point. Admittedly, while a fighter is KO-ing everyone left right and centre we do have a tendency to overrate them, and many people did indeed do that with Pavlik (and before that with e.g. Lacy). So yes, it’s certainly conceivable that Kovalev only seems to look so good because he’s not been in with any elite fighters (hardly his fault), and that Hopkins would expose him. However, the way it looks to me now is as I put it below: i.e. that whereas Pavlik (like Lacy before Calzaghe schooled him) always looked flat-footed and one-dimensional (and yes, I *did* say this before they were beaten), Kovalev seems to have a whole lot more going for him. Time will tell, I guess, but only if certain fighters (e.g. Hopkins, Stevenson, Ward) are brave enough to step into the ring with him, and unfortunately it doesn’t loo like that’s going to happen any time soon.

Posted January 14, 2014 3:15 pm 


Anonymous

Hopkins said this recently

“At the end of the day, if I can get a guy to a weight class where I know he’s not used to or hasn’t been in – why wouldn’t I take that advantage or take that chance”

He certainly did that to Pavlik and many others. Pavlik’s greatest asset at 160 was his size and power, both of which were negated by the move up in weight.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:50 pm 


Anonymous

Pavlik has been down 4 times in total. Once against Taylor, once more against Mathias Bedburd1ck (he was hurt bad that time too), again against Zuniga, and once again against McKart. The later of which looked more like a balance issue.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:45 pm 


boxing barlow

Awya from my comments though I rate Kovalev and would love to see him fight Ward ASAP. In fact with Kovalev and GGG on the scene if the promotors pull their fingers out and make the fights happen there it two fights there which will pull the boxing fans interest far more than anything involving Hopkins.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:45 pm 


boxing barlow

Martin – Agree with you to a certain extent. But the media frenzy surrounding Pavlik was huge. The press were crying out for someone to step in and stop his fight with Hopkins taking place as they had serious concerns for Hopkins health! And if we are seriously analysing the two fighters Pavlik had fought far better opposition at the same stage in his career, with Taylor head a shoulders above Cleverly who is Kovalev’s biggest name. Let me put it this way, although Ive not checked this out so maybe wrong, BUT. I would say the odds of Hopkins beating Kavalev if they fought now would be far closer than the odd that he had in getting the win against Pavlik.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:41 pm 


Anonymous

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Posted January 14, 2014 2:40 pm 


skinnysteve

if popkins allows kovalev to hit him like he allowed murat to hit him he’s headed for the glue factory

Posted January 14, 2014 2:37 pm 


Martin

@boxing barlow:

You’re overlooking a whole lot of important differences.

Firstly, Pavlik didn’t look unstoppable at all: he was dropped and almost stopped by Taylor (hardly a KO artist) in their first fight, for example.

Secondly, while everyone admitted he had a great right hand (note: at middleweight), they also couldn’t help but note that he was a very flat-footed, limited, one-dimensional fighter.

The same cannot be said for Kovalev, who has great footwork, ring generalship, skills, speed, and devastating KO power in both hands (note: at light-heavyweight, not middleweight).

Finally, we are not talking about Kovalev moving up TWO WEIGHT DIVISIONS, which is what Pavlik had to do to fight Hopkins. Pavlik was a middleweight moving up to light heavyweight. That also makes a huge difference.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:33 pm 


big head

im a fan of kovalev he a beast no doubt but yall act like he unbeatble and invincble he still havent been tested yet or even been enough rounds yet right now he blowing everybody out but when he faced sombody that he wont blow out so easy sombody that going to take him rounds then we see where he at now it no way hopkins beating him easy when hopkins fought pavilk he move up to lightheavy weight bad move by kelly if hopkins fought kelly at 160 maybe it would of been more competive but hopkins proably would of beaten kelly at anyweight tho but kelly moving up so fast was a bad move if hopkins fights kovalev he be at 175 that hopkins natural weight and kovalev natural weight it a fair fight only way hopkins fights kovalev is unless he see some weakness in him which right now kovalev dont seem to have any flaws as of yet except he havent been the rounds

Posted January 14, 2014 2:32 pm 


moonshineman

It is never a wise decision to underestimate Bernard Hopkins.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:21 pm 


Cliff

Hopkins, stop ducking Sergei Kovalev!

Posted January 14, 2014 2:17 pm 


CurlyQ.Howard

“Dementia (taken from Latin, originally meaning “madness”, from de- “without” + ment, the root of mens “mind”) is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body.” Wikipedia Hopkins photo ought to be a mandatory part of this Wikipedia article on dementia.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:15 pm 


CJ

I’m not trying to offend anyone. I’m just calling it as I see it.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:13 pm 


CJ

They say nothing because they either 1) agree with them, B) because they don’t care, or C) because they’re too scared to stand up and be men. Tell me which one of those reasons should earn my respect?

Posted January 14, 2014 2:09 pm 


Me

Kovalev would run him over like a train.

Posted January 14, 2014 1:44 pm 


boxing barlow

‘Kovalev and Pavlik are two different fighters’ states the writer. Well yes they are, but in terms of where they are in the repsective careers they are pretty mirror images of each other. Pavlik looked unstoppable but then he ran into a superior skilled boxer. Kovalev hasnt met that such fighter yet but I agree and think Hopkins would be that man. If it isnt Hopkins its gonna be Ward.

Posted January 14, 2014 1:40 pm 


detroitko

gotta respect BHOP but I would recommend he steer way clear of kovalev.

Posted January 14, 2014 12:56 pm 


PEEJ

I’d like to see Kovalev vs Hopkins. Kovalev did have the chance to fight Hopkins since he was moved in the mandatory position but they chose a different rout. I would like to see this fight happen though. Not saying Kovalev ran from Hopkins but he was the mandatory and the fight could of happened. Don’t really see Hopkins just handing his title back

Posted January 14, 2014 12:06 pm 


Roman

The line which goes something like ‘in reality, Hopkins would most likely be knocked out by Kovalev’ …..yep. Or worse. Karo Murat is not top class. Shumenov? He is no mug, but he’s nowhere near as dangerous as Sergey Kovalev. Bernard knows a lot about boxing by now and he knows he isn’t going to share a ring with this hard-punching Russian dude in a hurry. Bernard is going to pick and choose at his age now. Smart.

Posted January 14, 2014 11:55 am 


Martin

Typos:

foolishly

not only a “win” but an “easy win”

Posted January 14, 2014 11:38 am 


frank b

All you have to is watch the Robert Allen fight of bernard. This fighter is dirty as sin. enough is enough. He’s a circus show

Posted January 14, 2014 11:28 am 


Roy

Hopkins is not respectful to people. He can be very rude. He has this aura of IM BETTER THAN YOU. The guy is a turn off.

Posted January 14, 2014 11:27 am 


hussleman

Easy win for Hopkins. Hopkins, is to slick, skill and wise for that Russian fighter. Hopkins UD!!!

Posted January 14, 2014 11:09 am 


Brandon

Not sure why all of you are upset or even surprised by these comments? This is just Hopkins being Hopkins. That he would compare Kovalev to Pavlik tells you all you need to know, i.e., he’s pulling your proverbial legs. There is nothing, and I mean nothing similar in fighting style or technique between Kovalev and Pavlik. One was a one-trick pony with a great right hand; the other is a skilled boxer puncher who can take you out with any punch. Kovalev is the latter, of course.

Posted January 14, 2014 10:57 am 


Anonymous

hopkins. top 5 biggest hype jobs ever.

Posted January 14, 2014 10:38 am 


Martin

Hopkins was knocked down by Pascal several times, and Pascal was coming up from supermiddle with a 50% KO rate. Kovalev is way, way more accurate and skilful than Pascal, throws way more punches, and punches like a heavyweight, KOing more than 80% of his opponents inside three rounds. So true, Hopkins has never been KO’d, but I would bet on it happening against Hopkins. But then that’s the real reason Hopkins would never fight him, and I bet he’s thanking his lucky stars that he won’t have to.

Posted January 14, 2014 10:33 am 


Martin

This reminds me of a kid at school who said if the (massive, scary) school bully ever returned, he’d beat him up. The kid was all but certain that the bully would never return, so felt free to run off at the mouth.

Unfortunately for him, the bully returned, word quickly got round, and the kid was laid out flat in his common floor before the day was out.

Oh how I wish Hopkins had to get in the ring and put his fists where his mouth is!

Talk is cheap Bernard, and everyone knows that dogs that bark a lot got no bite. On this occasion, you remind me of a Jack Russell.

Posted January 14, 2014 10:28 am 


impacted

I don’t like Hopkins, never have. I find him to be a cynical, boring, dirty spoiler. Wish the media would stop giving him free publicity every time he denigrates a fighter he has no intention whatsoever of fighting.

Posted January 14, 2014 10:27 am 


lol

popkins a legend in his own mind.

Posted January 14, 2014 10:20 am 


Blacker

I agree with Hopkins. You have to land a punch to knock somebody out don’t you? It’s very difficult to land a flush punch on Hopkins. Apart from his last fight, where he went all guns blazing because he wanted to impress fans, with a view to getting the Floyd fight, and because he knew the punches were not hard enough to knock him out. Hopkins is usually a very cagey fighter who will take away Kovalev’s best asset and power. He has the ability to figure fighters out and capitalise on their weaknesses, for instance, he made Pavlik move in the opposite direction to what he was used to and preferred, thereby keeping him off balance and incapable of throwing bombs throughout the fight. Kovalev appears to be a murderous puncher and a pressure fighter, but lets not get too carried away, he has just over 20 fights, and has not fought any great fighters yet. He has fought two good fighters, but he has not fought anyone with the experience and ring generalship of Hopkins yet. Hopkins beats him on points.

Posted January 14, 2014 9:52 am 


Hidalgo

Hopkins: Big hat. No cattle.

Posted January 14, 2014 9:25 am 


dwc

Hopkins deserves respect for all he has done in the boxing ring over the years…and what he done as a old man(in boxing terms) But theres only one way to see if he can beat Kovalev and that is to fight him.And that wont happen plus Hopkins at this late stage in his career isnt beating a guy like this whos coming into his prime and who hits like a mule kicks…

Posted January 14, 2014 8:58 am 


Eggbert

Nard is an asshat. He would never fight Kovalev and he knows it. Hopkins is the biggest con in boxing, and many have bitten.

Posted January 14, 2014 7:47 am 


skinnysteve

after loses to bums like jermain taylor (2) slappy joe calslappy and chad dawson how good can popkins be

Posted January 14, 2014 7:01 am 


Losing patience!

Has Hopkins taken a Mayweather pill or something? He tried his best to make the calzaghe fight dull but got outworked – as would happen to Mayweather if fought PAC. If he starts talking about the guy then he needs to back it up in the ring – AGAIN LIKE FLOYD SHOULD!

Posted January 14, 2014 5:52 am 


Anonymous

“But a younger b hop would win though.”

No he wouldn’t, Kovalev is much better than B Hop has EVER been. B-Hop holds, cheats, cries foul when he’s being beaten, he’s not much different to Broner the Moaner. Kovalev is a beast and would wipe out B-Hop at ANY stage in his career. It’s likely that no one can beat Kovalev at LH, he’s just too good. I want Ward to take on Kovalev at LH, even in Oakland, even with Ward’s own judges and a Ward ref, because Ward would get knocked out against Kovalev. There will be no need for scorecards, it won’t go the distance, Ward can even ‘juice’ himself up with tons of peds, that won’t matter either. Ward would get destroyed by Kovalev.

Posted January 14, 2014 5:09 am 


Thurmal Underwear

word, let’s see it then hops.

Posted January 14, 2014 4:28 am 


Me gav

Hopkins has never been knocked out before but kov would still be the first man to do this. Though b hop is 49 which in its own right is an incredible feat he is showing signs of his age ( much less than other fighters age but still slowing down) b hop struggles against fitter pressure fighters like Callazage who b hop was exhausted against. I think the younger kov will bide his time and hurt b hop with every punch slowing him down before a stoppage or quitting on his stool. But a younger b hop would win though. But this has as much chance of a PAC v money fight

Posted January 14, 2014 4:12 am 


WHAT!?!

This “white boy” called Kovalev would DESTROY a 49 yr old Hopkins. If Hopkins really thought it would be so easy he would fight him, as Kovalev is the biggest name in LHW at the moment. Especially as Stevenson stumbled and stuttered and backtracked when asked if he would fight Kovalev, after Stevenson KO’ed Bellew. Yep, Hopkins is running his mouth as usual and not backing it up.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:40 am 


rhino718

I have seen all these comments before… Hopkins has proved us wrong time & time again… But this time I think that this is too tall an order for a man his age. In his prime he’d beat anyone light heavy down.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:34 am 


Carl Pratt

I did not know that there is now a ‘SHO Light Heavy Champion’ and a ‘HBO Light Heavy Champion’. When did we get these two new Belts, HBO and SHO along with WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF..???? When did this happen ??

Posted January 14, 2014 2:16 am 


Rockyx2

I am a big fan of B-Hop, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see my man lose. But, this kid Kovalev is a different bread of fighter all together. LOL, and to be more honest, I don’t like HBO or Top Rank, but Kovalev is the real deal. He has destroyed everyone, B-Hop would be no different unfortunately. I think the kid Adonis Stevenson also would give B-Hop problems.

Posted January 14, 2014 2:05 am 


Jim

I now know why Hopkins calls himself the alien its because he’s living on another planet. Kovalev would destroy him! the fight wouldn’t last 4 rounds. Hopkins is full of crap as usual and its easy to talk crap when you dont have the balls to fight the man. shut up Bernard and go and lie down in the old folks home you have lost your mind.

Posted January 14, 2014 1:50 am 


Doc

Knocked Out by Kovalev? Really? I’m not saying Hopkins will or won’t win, but when’s the last time he’s been KO’d by anyone? For that matter, when’s the first time he’s been knocked out? I don’t understand Sorby’s take her. It’s not based in fact. In Hopkins, you have one of the best chins in boxing history to this day. And Jeff predicts a KO loss for him? Points, perhaps. But KO. C’mon….

Posted January 14, 2014 1:31 am 


Rockyx2

I respect Bernard a lot, but he’s not beating Kovalev. In all honesty, Kovalev would walk right through B-Hop. If Bernard thinks he could just jab & clinch Kovlaev, and try to make it an ugly fight, Kovalev would retire him, literally. Kovalev is a different bread of fighter.

Posted January 14, 2014 1:26 am 


Tall Mike

Kick his asse old fella

Posted January 14, 2014 1:09 am 


Farmboxer

Hopkins is an idiot and would get knocked out by Kovalev or Stevenson………..even Dawson beat Hopkins! Campillo beat Cloud and so did Stevenson. Hopkins did say that he would never fight Kovalev or Stefenson. Kovalev was Hopkins’ mandatory, but Hopkins refused to fight him. Hopkins sounds like he is punch drunk………….

Posted January 14, 2014 12:56 am 


Anonymous

Hopkins would get KO’d fast against Kovalev. He would not stand a chance. Hopkins is totally deluded.

Posted January 14, 2014 12:13 am 


Anonymous

That’s a fight I’d like to see

Posted January 13, 2014 11:54 pm 


WarZ

Hopkins will be fine against kovalev or Stevenson. He is an alien remember ?

Posted January 13, 2014 11:53 pm 



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