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DiBella: Hopkins Has 'Pretty Good Chance' With Kovalev

By Keith Idec

ATLANTIC CITY – Lou DiBella knows better than to count out Bernard Hopkins, but Blake Caparello’s promoter left Revel’s Ovation Hall on Saturday night extremely impressed with Sergey Kovalev’s power.

Russia’s Kovalev overcame a flash knockdown in the first round to drop Caparello three times in the second round on his way to a second-round knockout in the second of three bouts broadcast by HBO. Kovalev’s technical knockout victory secured a November showdown with the 49-year-old Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs, 2 NC), who watched the Kovalev-Caparello fight from a ringside seat Saturday night.

“I still think that a great boxer like Hopkins has a pretty good chance, but [Kovalev is] a devastating puncher,” DiBella said. “Blake’s not the kind of guy who folds like a cheap suit. That body shot just killed him. Kovalev’s got dynamite in his gloves. You’ve got maybe the best defensive fighter between middleweight and light heavyweight [Hopkins] … and Kovalev’s got incredible one-punch power.”

A sneaky, well-placed right hand to the body by Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) dropped Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KOs) early in the second round. A game Caparello answered referee Sparkle Lee’s count, but Kovalev pounced on him and landed a straight right hand that knocked Caparello into the ropes, which counted as another knockdown.

Australia’s Caparello got up again, only to have Kovalev unload a barrage of power punches that sent Caparello through the ropes for a third knockdown that caused Lee to stop the bout at 1:47 of the second round.

“That body shot was like a Roy Jones body shot,” DiBella said. “It was devastating.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MMegatron on 08-03-2014

I love Hopkins for what he's done here, what a legend. However, I hope Kovalev wins so Stevenson has to come crawling back. In fact, I don't mind who wins as long as its a good fight.

Comment by Clint650 on 08-03-2014

I like Kovalev's explanation to how he would beat Hopkins. He straight up said he is going to box. If the knockout comes...great, he said he's not trying to go for the knockout. The mind games from B-Hop would be…

Comment by MDPopescu on 08-03-2014

[QUOTE=Ragnar Lothbrok;14822325]get ready for excessive holding, punching after the break, fake injuries, bernard is gonna be throwing the entire slick arsenal at kovalev. kovalev has got to train his mind not to fall for all that ignant crap. his im…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 08-03-2014

Kovalev is going to land, and bad things happen when Kovalev lands. No avoiding that, a hell of a lot worse fighters than Kovalev are landing on Hopkins lately. I wouldn't dare count Hopkins out, Kovalev hasn't proven enough for…

Comment by Ragnar Lothbrok on 08-03-2014

get ready for excessive holding, punching after the break, fake injuries, bernard is gonna be throwing the entire slick arsenal at kovalev. kovalev has got to train his mind not to fall for all that ignant crap. his im gonna…

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