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Hopkins vs. Kovalev Mandatory is Ordered By The IBF

By Edward Chaykovsky

According to the International Boxing Federation, an order has been issued for Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32KOs) to make a mandatory defense of his light heavyweight title against Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19KOs). Hopkins was scheduled to fight mandatory Karo Murat on July 13th in Brooklyn, but Murat was unable to enter the United States due to visa issues and the fight was canceled. Golden Boy Promotions, and Main Events, who promote Kovalev, were given until July 17th to reach an agreement or head to a purse bid. Hopkins has made it clear that he wants a unification fight in the fall, so it will be interesting to see how this situation works out.

Last Friday, Kovalev destoryed Cornelius White in three rounds. Hopkins won the title in March with a twelve round unanimous decision over undefeated Tavoris Cloud.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by New England on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;13479139]I'd love it, but Hopkins is WAY past the point where I care that much who he fights. It's hard to fault a 50 year old for fighting anyone.[/QUOTE] :rofl: well said

Comment by New England on 06-18-2013

kovalev throws six punch combinations....

Comment by Muscles72 on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=Mr. Philadel;13480514]dudes been searching for that "BLUEPRINT" to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.....its like a burried treasure....but the "BLUEPRINT" for some other notable future hall of famers has been found and revealed to the boxing public.....those of us who study styles…

Comment by Muscles72 on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=Mr. Philadel;13480514]dudes been searching for that "BLUEPRINT" to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.....its like a burried treasure....but the "BLUEPRINT" for some other notable future hall of famers has been found and revealed to the boxing public.....those of us who study styles…

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 06-18-2013

Stevenson next.

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