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 Last update:  12/14/2013       Read more by David P. Greisman            &
Hopkins: Shumenov Has an Opportunity to Fight a Legend
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by David P. Greisman

Bernard Hopkins doesnt have an exact date for when hell fight next, but he has a general idea of when hed like to fight and a very specific idea concerning whom hed like to face.

WBA title, Hopkins told in a brief conversation as he left Fridays weigh-in in San Antonio for the card featuring Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana. And by that, he meant Beibut Shumenov, the 13-1 titleholder who is scheduled to defend against Tamas Kovacs on the same card as Broner-Maidana.

Hopkins said hed like to be back in the ring by March or April. His last bout was on Oct. 26, a unanimous decision over Karo Murat that brought his record to 54-6-2 with 32 knockouts and 2 no contest. Why do you want to fight for the WBA title?

Hopkins: Because I want to unify the titles eventually, and since Im at Showtime and Im loyal to Golden Boy, I figure if I put my title up against another champion, eventually the fans is going to force all four champions to fight each other to bring credibility and assimilation to the light heavyweight division. The light heavyweight division all of a sudden became hot, and so thats [leading me] to fight for the WBA title, and Ill risk my IBF title. What do you think about Shumenov?

Hopkins: I think hes a guy thats really a sleeper. He can fight. To me, he has a lot more talent than Karo Murat. But at the same token, I believe that Ive got to be on my game and not underestimate him, because hes tall, hes 62, hes rangy, and hes got good trainers around him. So Im not underestimating nobody at 49, which Ill become next year, Jan. 15. Do you think he wins against Tamas Kovacs on Saturday night?

Hopkins: I hope he wins. Im looking for him to win because hes motivated, hes with Golden Boy now, and hes also got an opportunity to fight a legend and beat a legend and become a superstar.

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Tags: Beibut Shumenov , Bernard Hopkins

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comment by Zimmer!, on 12-16-2013
Shumenov has been trying for a long time to unify the division. He's ready for Hopkins. I hope Hopkins is ready for him. I think he is much improved and has pretty good power. People underestimate him because he hasn't gotten the big fights he's wanted. Let it play out people. I think Shumenov wi...

comment by ИATAS, on 12-16-2013
[QUOTE=nycsmooth]Hopkins doing his best 2 avoid Stevenson after Adonis called him out...guess he didn't havea towel 4 Sergey Kovalev...he's definitely looking 4 the easiest of the 3...[/QUOTE] I guess you missed the fact that Hopkins and Richard Schaefer tried to get a Stevenson fight but HBO...

comment by brett3154, on 12-16-2013
Shumenov/Hopkins is the easiest fight to make because of GBP and Showtime. Shumenov was independent and couldn't get any fights. Hopefully after the Stevenson/Kovalev and Shumenov/Hopkins fights play out, the winners can get together somehow.

comment by nycsmooth, on 12-16-2013
Hopkins doing his best 2 avoid Stevenson after Adonis called him out...guess he didn't havea towel 4 Sergey Kovalev...he's definitely looking 4 the easiest of the 3...

comment by theocdog, on 12-15-2013

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