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 Last update:  9/3/2014       Read more by Bill Emes         
   
Kovalev Reflects, Says Hopkins Blew Him Off Years Ago
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By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23KOs) admits he was a bit starstuck several years ago, when he first encountered Bernard Hopkins in person.

It was September of 2010 and Kovalev had just arrived to the United States from Russia. He went to see live boxing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and caught a glimpse of several notable fighters. One of those fighters was Hopkins.

Kovalev tried his best to get a photo with "The Alien" and claims the WBA/IBF light heavyweight champions blew him off.

More than four years later, Kovalev will face Hopkins in the ring on November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

"One day when I just came to America, a long time ago, four and a half years ago in LA...Hopkins for me was a very big legend, a famous guy...because I just came from Russia and I never had seen before any famous boxers. I saw De La Hoya, Mike Tyson, Hopkins [on TV}, so I was surprised when I saw [Hopkins] live at some show, it was [Sergio] Mora against Shane Mosley. I called Hopkins a couple...three times...'Bernard, Bernard'...to take a picture with him - but he didn't turn to me and I didn't get attention [from him]. I said 'okay, see you one day,'" Kovalev smiled as he explained.

Tags: Bernard Hopkins , Sergey Kovalev , Hopkins-Kovalev , Hopkins vs Kovalev


 

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Calzaghe
comment by avnikuka, on 09-04-2014
With every step punch Hopkins throws, Joe Calzaghe becomes that much more legendary. "I WILL NEVER LET A WHITE BOY BEAT ME" I hope that statement proves true in this fight. Hopkins top 10 dead or alive if he keeps this up.

comment by GoldenGloveLove, on 09-04-2014
[QUOTE=drenlou]That was when i was 24, i wasnt that mature back then but how would you feel if one of your fav fighters disses you to your face like that??[/QUOTE] Yeah, I don't understand how that would be anything to do with maturity. That's just natural pissedoffedness.

comment by Mr. Philadel, on 09-04-2014
[QUOTE=110110110]Bhop will get his ass kicked by a white boy.[/QUOTE] :lol1: log off my ninja!!

comment by Weebler I, on 09-04-2014
[QUOTE=drenlou]I believe it, becuz i was there live for casamayor vs katsidis and sitting in the second row behind mosely and went up to hopkins to get an autograph and picture and he blew me off as well, which was why i was happy he lost to calzaghe! Lol[/QUOTE] I get the impression Bernard blo...

Kovalev will win if only he will be smarter than BHop
comment by Ayk, on 09-04-2014
BHop is the legend and Kovalev should try to get into history by beating him

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