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Bernard Hopkins Willing To Face Froch or Bute Next

By Ryan Burton
 
IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2) has advised BoxingScene.com that he plans on fighting a total of three times this year.  The 48-year-old Hopkins is the oldest champion in boxing history.  He broke his own record in March, as the oldest man ever to win a major world championship, when he captured the IBF light heayvweight title by handing Tavoris Cloud his first career defeat in a fight televised by HBO.
 
Hopkins is slated to face his mandatory challenger Karo Murat (25-1-1) on July 13th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY in a fight televised by Showtime.  The future hall of famer eyes a big clash before the year concludes.  There are many potential opponents and two of the names at the top of his list are Carl Froch and Lucian Bute.  Both boxers have tough fights coming up that they must win to make such a fight possible.  Froch hopes to avenge his loss to Mikkel Kessler in their rematch on May 25th while Bute faces former champion Jean Pascal, also on the same May date, in a huge Canadian clash in Montreal.

"I want fight Carl Froch if he beats Kessler, and Lucian Bute if he beats Pascal. I would go [overseas] for either one," Hopkins said to BoxingScene.com. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Redd Foxx on 05-03-2013

[QUOTE=teddycanyon;13318728]wow. B Hop's got absolutely nothing more to prove but still wants the best![/QUOTE] Yea, that really impresses the hell outta me, and inspires me as well.

Comment by Redd Foxx on 05-03-2013

Terrible fight for Froch. If he wins, he beat a 50 year old. Will never get credit. Bute would get schooled but the risk might be worth it as he needs some kind of name on his win list.

Comment by A-Wolf on 05-03-2013

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;13316519]I am not surprised that Hopkins doesn't mention Kessler. He already turned down a 4 million dollar offer.[/QUOTE] Maybe he's scared of the mighty Kessler.

Comment by StoraMonkey on 05-03-2013

B-Hop hasn't stopped anyone in ten years, but he's going to stop Froch, one of the most durable fighters on the planet right now? A younger man with great stamina, a granite chin and bags of heart? Don't be silly.…

Comment by BrushMyHair. on 05-02-2013

Bernard Hopkins destroys both of them within 6-8 rounds. Mauls Bute in 6 teaches Froch a boxing lesson for 8 rounds.

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