Hopkins Confident of First KO Win in Nine Years

By Keith Idec

Bernard Hopkins hasn’t won a fight by knockout in nine years.

The IBF light heavyweight champion is well aware that the last time he knocked out an opponent was when he stopped promotional partner Oscar De La Hoya with a body shot in September 2004. He predicted after Friday’s weigh-in that his dubious drought will end Saturday night in Atlantic City during his mandatory defense against Germany’s Karo Murat.

“My drought is going to be over [Saturday night],” Hopkins told Showtime’s Steve Farhood after weighing in at 172½ pounds. “The last time I had a knockout was 2004. I need a knockout [Saturday night]. I need a knockout. I’m going to be smart with it, but I’m going to need a knockout. That’s something. I’ve got to get this itch off my back.”

The 30-year-old Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) was stopped by Wales’ Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KOs) in his lone professional loss three years ago. Murat made a throat-slashing gesture as he stood face-to-face Friday with the 48-year-old legend from Philadelphia, though Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs, 2 NC) sensed that Murat was intimidated.

“I see a game guy, but scared,” said Hopkins, who is 8-4-1 (1 NC) since he knocked out De La Hoya. “This guy’s coming to fight, but I’m going to break his will early and I’m going to give a good show for my people.”

According to several Internet sports books, Hopkins is heavily favored to beat Murat (-800), but not to win their scheduled 12-round bout by knockout or technical knockout (+350). Showtime will televise the Hopkins-Murat match as the main event of a tripleheader from Boardwalk Hall (9 p.m. ET/PT).

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King_ on 10-26-2013

[QUOTE=Brockton Lip;13877196]Murat is the mandatory I believe.[/QUOTE] This could of been Kovalev fighting in Murats place right now. Showtime/GBP rejected it.

Comment by SlySlickSmooth on 10-26-2013

Hopkins is starting to really really look his age now, if he gets a KO that includes a real KO, knocks him down and Murat can't continue/get up, I will be shocked. I mean hey, maybe Danny showed him the…

Comment by Hougigo on 10-26-2013

[QUOTE=Brockton Lip;13877196]Murat is the mandatory I believe.[/QUOTE] How is he the mando with a year and a half lay off though? Should've been taken off the rankings after a year

Comment by cupocity303 on 10-26-2013

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;13875979]You'd think he would considering he's fighting a bum. But he still won't.[/QUOTE] [SIZE="3"]Hopkins looks like all skin and bones these days. They say that power is the last thing to go on a fighter, but it's already went away…

Comment by Brockton Lip on 10-26-2013

[QUOTE=mike gonzalez;13876288]1 1/2 year layoff for Karo Murat, so Bernard Hopkins wants to knock him out. Maybe Hopkins should try and knock out a real fighter name Stevenson who doesn't have no layoffs.[/QUOTE] Murat is the mandatory I believe.

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