I don’t like the Agnew fight… Kovalev needs to fight people who can get him some rounds… Agnew is a quick out.. Quicker than Cleverly for sure.Posted March 10, 2014 8:45 pm
Neither Hopkins nor Stevenson wish to meet Kovalev in a hurry and that’s just the truth of it. Right now, I don’t think Sergey minds too much. He’ll be thinking of making another statement against Cedric Agnew…Posted March 10, 2014 9:02 am
Kovalev punches very, very hard, real solidly, is very calculating in the ring and is probably in his physical prime. He has a good deep amateur background too and we know he’s a good pro …Hopkins is still ok against the likes of Pavlik, Pascal, Murat etc. and the guys he’s been fighting lately, most of whom can’t box and punch, against whom Bernard can use his ‘box of tricks’ and experience, use his ‘name’ essentially… but Hopkins doesn’t score KO’s these days and might have a tough job getting past Beibut Shumenov. He would definitely be in trouble against Sergey Kovalev.Posted March 10, 2014 8:56 am
And Slim Left Town
*Tark* Saw both fights. It took Kovalev 3 sloppy rounds where he couldn’t get past the tight defense of Cleverly, until he finally got a couple of decent shots near the end of the 3rd round for a knockdown. He then went on to get the TKO early in the 4th against a very ordinary fighter who would be easily beaten by either Stevenson or B-Hop.
As for the kova/Sillakh beatdown, the guy RJJ [is/was] so high on has a chin as weak as any fighter in memory and makes Wlad Klitschko’s jaw look like it’s composed of solid granite. Yeah, Sillakh has a nice skill set, but it all goes into the toilet due his inability to take a decent shot to the the head.Posted March 9, 2014 2:49 pm
“I look forward for this world light heavyweight title unification fight (IBF/WBA/IBA) with Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov. ”
There’s nothing to look forward to in a guy who resorts to wearing Halloween costumes in order to get people to watch his fights.Posted March 9, 2014 9:48 am
Hopkins is bore fest zzzzPosted March 8, 2014 10:28 pm
B-Red.., You’re still an idiot… Stevenson DOESN’T want to fght Kovalev.. DUH.. He said so after they fought on the same card to set up a fight between them.
Kellerman.., “So you want to fight Hopkins or Froch and go on a long vacation… Everybody wants you to fight Kovalev and that sounds like your 4th option..”
Kellerman to Kovalev, “Who do you want to fight?”
Kovalev.., “Adonis.” He said it like “Who else? You idiot.”Posted March 8, 2014 9:52 pm
popkins. a total joke.Posted March 8, 2014 9:03 pm
Swedish Boxing Fan
I look forward for this world light heavyweight title unification fight (IBF/WBA/IBA) with Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov. This fight will be one of the best to look forward for in 2014 and I will cheer for the old champion bernard Hopkins. Just awsome if he could pull another upset off. Hopkins have already broken several boxing records in his career so if he could ad oldest champ tu make a un ification would be the cherry on top of his great cake :-)
Beibut Shumenov (14-1-0 KO’s 9) is the WBA/IBA world light heavyweight champion and have defended his title 5 times sence he won the belt in 2010 from Gabriel Campillo.
Hopkins counter skills and defence master skills and good reach advantage will prove very usefull against the younger and aggreesivier fighter Shumenov and if Hopkins still can turn back the clockl just one more time to pull this off, the word can just be AMAZING.
Bernard hopkins is a rarly gifted boxer and I thud no man ever in my life could be a recognised proffesional world champion in boxing at age 49 and be competive but Hopkins have so many times proven as a underdog to come out on top of the game.
I will wish Bernard Hopkins a great year in boxing and that he can pull this off once again.
Also great undecard on the event to put up the undefeated WBO world middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0-0 KO’s 22) making his 3rd defence of his world title belt against former European light middleweight and Interim WBO light middleweight champion Lukas Konecny (50-4-0 KO’s 23). I mean Konecny is the WBO Nr.2# ranked and well fight expearenced as a PRO with 54 fights and have fought in numerous title belt fights against good opponents.
Also to note that 2 of his 4 losses was close ones and he have never in his losses looked bad and Peter Quillin will have a fight to keep up with Lukas Konecny,s tight defence and solid guard. Quillin, the naturaly bigger man with best reach will be the offencer and have most power but if he is not carefull he will get it by suprise attacks when Konecny fast comes out from his shield with counter hits to then go back to his effective shielding.Posted March 8, 2014 7:36 pm
B red, Klitschko should be more offensive when he’s fighting light punchers and slow fighters to make fan’s slightly interested in him as a fighter.
He has opened up with guy’s like wach and that Italian dude.
Klitschkos next performance better be good if he wants to fight in America again and get some interest, it’s a hard sell.Posted March 8, 2014 6:43 pm
B red, your spot on, that’s exactly what happened with Wladmir.
Guess klitschko figures better to be safety first and have a career +make coin opposed to taking naps.
He has been very successful, long run.Posted March 8, 2014 6:36 pm
B-Hop wants no part of Sergei Kovalev… He’ll never make 5 rounds against the man.
Ditto Adonis Stevenson… B-Hop wants no part of him.Posted March 8, 2014 6:24 pm
That is just Bernard Hopkins running his lying yap.
Sergei Kovalev has as much in common with Kelly Pavlik as Carlos Monzon has with phony MargaCheato.
Maybe you missed Kovalev’s last couple of fights… He ran over Nathan Cleverly like he wasn’t even there… Hopkins fought a guy Cleverly stopped and couldn’t hurt him.
Then he smashed a guy who won multiple gold medals as an amateur … and Roy Jones was very high on.Posted March 8, 2014 6:21 pm
And Slim Just Left Town
*Tark* – Hopkins is on record as saying that if he can ever get Kovalev into a boxing ring he will beat him even more easily than he did Kelly Pavlik and he sounded like he meant every word. Sorry, all you B-Hop haters, but the old man is still the best light heavy in the game today.Posted March 8, 2014 4:15 pm
All the age appreciation nonsense falls flat when we bring up the fact that Hopkins hasn’t ko’ed anyone in 9 years. And that was Oscar de la Hoya, a natural lightweight. Yes, he deserves respect for hanging on as long as he has, but the old pensioner should step aside because he doesn’t have anything more to show us.Posted March 8, 2014 2:36 pm
te tumbo – exactly! BH needs to avoid the top lt heavies for sure. What WBA champ is Shumanov? they have 20 champs for each division.Posted March 8, 2014 9:37 am
175 is a great division right now. And the old man is trying to unify. That’s impressive. I still think he should retire.Posted March 8, 2014 9:36 am
I respect what b hop and klitschko has accomplished in boxing and think both are talented athletes thou. Just for the record, so you know.Posted March 8, 2014 8:43 am
Getting old anyway, I meant to say.Posted March 8, 2014 8:39 am
Big brother vitili I think is the more entertaining fighter, but he’s busy now and getting anyway.Posted March 8, 2014 8:38 am
B red, I liked the Wladmir that fought Ray Mercer, not so much the new and improved klitschko.
I understand b hop and klitschko gota do what they gota do to win fights, but I don’t have to enjoy it.Posted March 8, 2014 8:35 am
eric, what do you think about Grabimirs klitzcho style?Posted March 8, 2014 8:28 am
B hop has the worst style in boxing history, I can’t get thru a entire b hop fight without feeling like the fight never got out of first gear.
Tark, gtfoh with that bs. Kovalev took the path of least resistance. Styles make fights and Cleverly was clearly the easier opponnent for Kovalev. Bhop is not ducking Stevenson either. Adonis just signed with Al HAYMON, so hes being positioned for a Bhop fight if he can take care of Kovalev. DuhPosted March 8, 2014 7:43 am
B Red…, You’re an idiot… GTH
Hopkins refused to negotiate seriously with Kovalev… That’s why Kovalev took a solid offer from Cleverly.
The last bums Hopkins and Stevenson fought were challengers Cleverly already beat.. Cleverly was routed so easily by Kovalev the man’s psyche has been destroyed.
Kovalev would murder Hopkins … and that’s why you’ll never see that fight… Hopkins won’t talk about Kovalev or Stevenson… Those worlds won’t cross his lips if a fight is possible.
Hopkins will have a hard time beating this inexperienced 2nd rater he’s fighting.Posted March 8, 2014 3:15 am
No one wants Kovalev. He has called them all out. Hopkins pretends to not hear him. Shumenov sees an easy victory against an old man as an excuse. Stevenson spluttered and bumbled a response coming out with wanting to face 2 Super Middleweights in Froch and Ward. What has boxing come to when so-called Champions are running scared of just 1 man?Posted March 8, 2014 2:17 am
good effort to still be spoiling fights at 49.Posted March 8, 2014 1:34 am
Tark your a fool. Bhop is not ducking Kovalev. Kovalev ducked Bhop to fight Cleverly instead. BHOP Is on Showtime. Kovalev is on Hbo. duhPosted March 8, 2014 12:01 am
Go B-Hop! Business as usual for the Legendary Hopkins!Posted March 7, 2014 10:22 pm
RayRay. I understand the politics but trying to explain whos the champ of any division to a casual fan is a headache and embarrassment. I think each governing body should rank the other champs.Posted March 7, 2014 8:21 pm
Shame the Transnational Boxing Rankings can’t get more publicity. They have the most trustworthy ratings out of anyone.Posted March 7, 2014 7:25 pm
T22 & Hec dog- couldn’t agree more? 2 many champs, 2 many greedy middlemen, 2 many governing bodies, 2 many people getting rich of the product. 1 belt, 1 no.1 contender……wishful thinking?Posted March 7, 2014 6:52 pm
Hecdog is right. Its impossible to name all the boxing champs. Way too many if you include Emeritus, Super and interim champs. Utter nonsense. When there was just WBA and WBC I could name them all, including the European and Commonwealth belt holders. Now its impossible to keep track. Maybe I will just look at the “Ring” champs from now on.Posted March 7, 2014 6:35 pm
BILLY NO MEDALS ALL AMERICAN BOY
Anonymous;total bum!absolute turd of a manPosted March 7, 2014 6:15 pm
Squared-Circle Real Talk (a.k.a. LionKing)
Popkins wants no part of Kovalev or Stevenson — even though The Krusher called him out. Dude needs to retire and STFU already.Posted March 7, 2014 4:05 pm
SLAPPER JOE. OVER HYPED.Posted March 7, 2014 4:03 pm
Yeah, the Glen Johnson pull-outs drew criticism and will probably be looked at as an avoided fight.Posted March 7, 2014 3:38 pm
Joe would whoop on the current SMW division for the exception of Ward which would be a good fight. At LH, I’m not so sure but he really isn’t a LH.
I think he would have had a better career if he had been fighting in the States from day one. He seems like the kind of person that kind of needs to be pushed into big fights so that he can rise to the occasion.
kovalev and Stevenson are the on the only 175 pounders that I want to watch. Either against each other or a contender. They are making the division worth watching. like spinks and Dwight Braxton, marvin Johnson etc.Posted March 7, 2014 3:27 pm
Hopkins avioded Calzaghe for a long time just like Hopper is avioding Kov and Stevenson. Any threat Hopkins see’s he aviods, he learned that lesson in the Roy 1 fight. Hopkins loves the little guys pulls them up from smaller weights.Posted March 7, 2014 3:26 pm
Assyrian God – nicely put!Posted March 7, 2014 3:23 pm
…* then Calzaghe battered Sheika.Posted March 7, 2014 3:20 pm
Tark – Calzaghe called out Hopkins at least twice, and Hopkins pulled out. Hopkins was also far from shot when Calzaghe beat him, as evidenced by his string of victories just before and long since he lost to Calzaghe. Froch had done nothing except ko a shot Robin Reid and struggle with Brian Magee by the time Calzaghe moved up to Light Heavy, he was not a big name, not even in the UK. Dawson was and is nothing special really, fairly competent, but thats about it. I’m not sure who Calzaghe avoided? Fighters like Steve Collins, Hopkins, Thomas Tate, Tarick Salmaci, Frank Liles and William Joppy pulled out of fights with Calzaghe, and Sven Ottke wouldnt go near him. As for Glenn Johnson, he lost to Shieka, who got the fight with Calzaghe instead.
Hopkins wasn’t shot when he fought Calzaghe but he wasn’t prime either. This wasn’t the same hopkins that fought Tito let alone the one that was even better prior physically. He did stay smart throughout but you are going to need to have it all going up against Joe.
That said, I do agree that it was on Hopkins for not fighting Joe in their respective prime (or close to it considering it was Post-Tito). But Hopkins was going to stay put at MW and set the Record for title defenses and any big money possibilities on the horizon so it was a smart move.
Joe avoided fighting a Prime Roy Jones Jr.
Sheika had just beaten a prime Johnson…then Calzaghe battered Glen. Joe beat Hopkins in America in his first fight at 175. And Bhop cheated. Hopkins went on to school Pavlik and whup Pascal – a Jean who had beaten Dawson. Froch was a non entity in 2007 – his biggest wins coming against the shell of Reid and Euro level Magee. The Kessler that Calzghe took apart was undefeated, a unified champ and at the peak of his powers. I personally would pick a 1997 Eubank and a 1999 Reid to beat Froch and Groves. A prime Calzaghe against a prime Hopkins at a neutral venue would be a 50/50 fight.Posted March 7, 2014 3:18 pm
hec dog.bang on boxing today is a total joke.Posted March 7, 2014 3:15 pm
Tark – Calzaghe called out Hopkins at least twice, and Hopkins pulled out. Hopkins was also far from shot when Calzaghe beat him, as evidenced by his string of victories just before and long since he lost to Calzaghe. Froch had done nothing except ko a shot Robin Reid and struggle with Brian Magee by the time Calzaghe moved up to Light Heavy, he was not a big name, not even in the UK. Dawson was and is nothing special really, fairly competent, but thats about it. I’m not sure who Calzaghe avoided? Fighters like Steve Collins, Hopkins, Thomas Tate, Tarick Salmaci, Frank Liles and William Joppy pulled out of fights with Calzaghe, and Sven Ottke wouldnt go near him. As for Glenn Johnson, he lost to Shieka, who got the fight with Calzaghe instead.Posted March 7, 2014 3:13 pm
Calzaghe I remember called out Hopkins so many times. Hopkins stalled there fight primarily so that the excuse can be for Hopkins so called fans. >>>>Not fair Hopkins was old <<< Hopkins losing to Cal in his 30's oh noooo Hopkins wouldnt allow that. Hopkins is overatedPosted March 7, 2014 2:42 pm
Calzaghe was another avoider like Hopkins… Hatton had a record of 43-0 and was a 2-Division Champion like Calz. But when Hatton faced Floyd and Pacman he didn’t have a chance in Hell. They were great prime fighters.
JC was a better fighter than Hatton but never faced that caliber of fighter in his life. When Froch and Dawson called Joe out he said “no thanks” and fought guys like Peter Manfredo instead. So JC never really made the money Hatton did because Tarver, Froch, Johnson, and Dawson were the dangerous money fights for him. JC pulled out of Glen Johnson fights 3 times … and then killed it.
Hopkins and Jones had already been beaten by low caliber fighters when Calz elected to exploit their decline.Posted March 7, 2014 2:40 pm
Hopkins is avoiding Kovalev and Stevenson. They are much bigger draws than Sumenov and have called B-hop out.Posted March 7, 2014 2:31 pm
Hopkins by SAVVY decision.Posted March 7, 2014 2:11 pm
Another boring clinchfest Hopkins fightPosted March 7, 2014 1:57 pm
Calzaghe beat hopkins fair and squarePosted March 7, 2014 1:56 pm
who will be the ref. will Hopkins bring his own ref again?Posted March 7, 2014 1:22 pm
Hopkins got too old you can see it in his last fight with Murat and Shuminov is much better than Murat !!!Posted March 7, 2014 12:59 pm
I got Shumenov I sad it first !Posted March 7, 2014 12:54 pm
he would have never beaten Jones Jr though, agree with that. That’s why he avoided the rematch and just used Jones’s name to boost his own and his fights.Posted March 7, 2014 12:49 pm
Horrible fight…I can’t even believe this fight was made.Posted March 7, 2014 12:48 pm
Quillin is content with fighting no-hopers..Posted March 7, 2014 12:47 pm
Hopkins is an effective spoiler with good defensive skills, he never did have hand or foot speed, great stamina or a great workrate. So age has not really affected him in the way it hwould for a fighter that relied on punch output, movement, stamina etc. He would always have lost to Jones Jr or Calzaghe when all three were in their primes. If you stand in front of Hopkins or dont have a great speed, stamina, punch output advantage, he will fiddle and mess you out of the fight. Speed and movement are his kryptonite. Shumenov isnt that quick or mobile, Hopkins might steal this.
Are you kidding??
Go back and watch Hopkins prior to Tito. Watch him fight Glen Johnson and tell me if you don’t see Hopkins was faster, had more stamina, better punch output and even Power.
I swear its like people think boxing starts when they picked up on it instead of bothering to go back and watch fights they haven’t seen if they weren’t around.Posted March 7, 2014 12:46 pm
too bad quillin don’t wanna unifyPosted March 7, 2014 12:33 pm
Both will make big money,well done.But gonna be poor spectacle,one is too old,otherone is LUCKY to be called ‘champion’,he is nothing special.BH becomes world champion again.At his age its good for him and record books.Rough action guaranteed and very little punching.Posted March 7, 2014 12:08 pm
Boxing today is a joke compared to past eras of boxing. Too many dumb titles The every day sports or boxing fan can’t name any of today’s top fighters. PPV are robbing everyone blind. Promoters trying to monopolize all the fighters. Hopkins vs Shumenov has no appeal except for hard core boxing fans, even them it’s a tough sell. It’s all about money and not real competition when you have the best fighting the best. The days of Duran vs Leonard, Leonard vs Hagler, Hagler vs Hearns will never be seen again.Posted March 7, 2014 11:40 am
Bernard gettin real old too. He needs to avoid some of the better light-heavies these days.Posted March 7, 2014 11:23 am
Calzaghe beat up Hopkins, straight up.Posted March 7, 2014 11:22 am
The old master schools another youngster, what else is new?Posted March 7, 2014 11:20 am
Hopkins is an effective spoiler with good defensive skills, he never did have hand or foot speed, great stamina or a great workrate. So age has not really affected him in the way it hwould for a fighter that relied on punch output, movement, stamina etc. He would always have lost to Jones Jr or Calzaghe when all three were in their primes. If you stand in front of Hopkins or dont have a great speed, stamina, punch output advantage, he will fiddle and mess you out of the fight. Speed and movement are his kryptonite. Shumenov isnt that quick or mobile, Hopkins might steal this.Posted March 7, 2014 11:12 am
Shumenov is str8 up garbage.Posted March 7, 2014 11:08 am
I have to agree with Bass I just got done with the Eatman Hopkins fight. I slept thru the 2nd to 10th round still no change Hopkins just stalls. Boring !!!Posted March 7, 2014 11:00 am
What a joke ! There is no secret even if Hopkins wins his long shelf life in boxing is attributed to his one techique and thats the Grab and hold style. Watch his fights and compare to other fighters. This guy there’s no secret out of 12 rds he only fights mayber 15 percent of the time the rest is grab and hold clinch up stall and thats it. The cat out of the bag on this turkey !Posted March 7, 2014 10:59 am
THIS REALLY IS BEYOND LAUGHABLE.Posted March 7, 2014 10:46 am