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Hopkins Says Kovalev is Flat-Footed, Just Like The Rest

by David P. Greisman

Bernard Hopkins won’t be facing Sergey Kovalev next — first he has his mandatory title defense against challenger Karo Murat — but the 48-year-old future Hall of Famer doesn’t sound at all worried about the light heavyweight power-puncher.

“Tito, Kelly Pavlik, Tarver n Cloud all are the same: flat footed punchers who come forward. Kovalev is no different,” Hopkins wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Tito is Felix Trinidad, the middleweight whom Hopkins dissected en route to a 2001 technical knockout that made Hopkins the undisputed middleweight champion. Pavlik also was easily out-boxed and lost a unanimous decision to Hopkins in 2008. Antonio Tarver lost the light heavyweight championship via unanimous decision to Hopkins in 2006. And Tavoris Cloud lost a unanimous decision to Hopkins this past March.

The win over Cloud gave Hopkins the International Boxing Federation’s world title at 175 pounds and improved his record to 53-6-2 with 32 knockouts and 2 no contests. He will defend that belt on Oct. 26 in Atlantic City against Murat, a soon-to-be 30-year-old with a record of 25-1-1 with 15 knockouts.

Kovalev, meanwhile, just picked up the World Boxing Organization’s belt with a one-sided fourth-round stoppage of Nathan Cleverly this past Saturday. He is 22-0-1 with 20 knockouts.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mshap on 08-24-2013

there's no way that ol' man Hopkins gets into the same ring as Kovalev at this point....

Comment by TudorMiron on 08-24-2013

Bernard is truely a legend and ATG. I admire what he's done in this sport. However KOvalev would put a nusty and to BHops career. Worst possible combination for old legend: Fast pace, powerful combinations from different angles, fast feet.

Comment by ottocon860 on 08-24-2013

I have watched Kovalev a few times and he is not flat footed or slow like Pavlik. He moves in and out, throws combinations and punches hard. I still doubt his stamina over the long haul at the pace he…

Comment by -DSG- on 08-24-2013

[QUOTE=freethinkersam;13677144]As a Hopkins fan, at this stage, Kovalev takes him out.[/QUOTE] Hopkins via massacre!

Comment by mrjoeblive on 08-24-2013

[QUOTE=skinnystev;13677045]if a couple of bums like jermain taylor (twice) and "bad chad" dawson can beat popkins how's he gonna get by kovalev[/QUOTE] Your a very poor boxing historian if you think taylor was a bum. Everyone thought pavlik (he boasted…

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