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Kovalev Reflects, Says Hopkins Blew Him Off Years Ago

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) 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…

Comment by GoldenGloveLove on 09-04-2014

[QUOTE=drenlou;14908686]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…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 09-04-2014

[QUOTE=110110110;14909022]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;14908531]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[B] he blew me off as well[/B], which was…

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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