By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes
If IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion (55-6-2, 32KOs) overcomes the tough challenge of WBO champ Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23KOs) on November 8th, he is going to pursue the biggest fight possible - and that fight might not necessarily be a unification with WBC kingpin Adonis Stevenson.
Hopkins said he was willing to go down in weight for the right fight, and hinted at two possible names in the lower weight division. He said he was open to facing someone with a 'four letter word' [WBA super middleweight champ Andre Ward] or a 'three letter word' [WBA/IBO 160-pound champ Gennady "GGG" Golovkin].
Hopkins said his preference would be Golovkin. In past interviews, Hopkins said he wasn't too interested in derailing a top 'American' fighter like Ward.
"It's all about the better deals. It could be down in weight or it could be at my weight. It could be at 167 or it could be a catch-weight with somebody coming up, who knows? Might be a four letter, might be a three letter word...who knows? I don't like the four letter word, but the three letter word sounds good. Who knows what takes place," Hopkins said.
Later Hopkins would say: "[Golovkin] is a good fighter, not great fighter, he would have to prove that [he's a great fighter] if he gets me."