Schaefer Wants Big Names for Hopkins, Won’t Name Them

by David P. Greisman

Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions isn’t always secretive about potential next opponents for his fighters. After all, earlier on Oct. 26, he’d mentioned several names as possible future foes for Canelo Alvarez. Yet he wasn’t specific at all later that night when it came to who light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins could face following this past Saturday’s win over Karo Murat.

“Obviously we want a big fight, and there’s some big names out there,” Schaefer said at the post-fight press conference. “We’ll have to see who’s going to step up. Maybe some of those youngsters change their minds after tonight’s performance. You’re not necessarily making it easier for me, Bernard, with a performance like that.”

Later, Schaefer added: “There’s a lot of names out there. I have a plan. I’m not going to tell you guys now who, because that would be stupid negotiating on my part. I like to get big fights done, because the fans enjoy it and that’s what gets me going.”

One obstacle that could get in the way is HBO executives’ decision earlier this year not to work with Golden Boy Promotions anymore. At the moment, 175-pound lineal champion Adonis Stevenson and world titleholder Sergey Kovalev are being featured on HBO.

The other beltholder in the division is Beibut Shumenov, who recently signed with Golden Boy.

“I’d rather unify a title. I’d rather be the guy to have all the titles,” Hopkins said at the post-fight press conference. “But there’s a cold war going on, and that cold war going on is HBO doesn’t want to do business with my family, and my family is Golden Boy Promotions, and I ride and die with the people that ride and die with me.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 10-28-2013

He won't name them because he can't

Comment by Light_Speed on 10-28-2013

[QUOTE=RockyIV;13881626]I don't think eddie is against it. It's PPV in the uk which is where he wants all frochs fights. But yeah Chavez is the more lucrative fight but I see froch getting jobbed by the judges. They will probably…

Comment by hitking on 10-28-2013

[QUOTE=tdub2222;13881390]i doubt it, that wouldnt sell well and i dont think floyd would go up that high in weight, hopkins will fight stevenson or go to 160 to face a name there[/QUOTE] Wouldn't sell? B-Hop is one of the few…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-28-2013

... B-Hop doesn't fight either Kovalev or Stevenson.

Comment by MBE on 10-28-2013

[QUOTE=thuggery;13881915]Yup, stays running from Kovalev[/QUOTE] Please Bhop would school him, maybe stop him as Golovkin did in sparring recently. The guy gets gassed after a few rounds. Plus it's a non-starter because he's being groomed for an eventually hbo showdown…

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