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Bernard Hopkins Felt Undersized Against Sergey Kovalev

by David P. Greisman

Sergey Kovalev was intelligent in the way he fought Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night, smartly using his size and employing a strategy that kept him in control throughout the bout, according to Hopkins.

“I couldn’t overpower him. I just felt like a middleweight in there, maybe a super middleweight in there, against a cruiserweight,” Hopkins said at the post-fight press conference. “I don’t know what it looked like to y’all, but I couldn’t get in the range that I wanted to get into. And the range was the length, whether it was his height, his reach, his stepping back, because he was stepping back when I wanted to engage. And that’s smart, because we are taught not to engage because your opponent want to engage. You fight when you want to fight. You make him fight when you want to fight. And that’s part of the strategy of any seasoned fighter.

“I really couldn’t get inside to do the work that I wanted to do,” Hopkins said. “I had some success, but not a lot. I had some success here and there, but it wasn’t enough to get some early rounds in the bank and get his respect to the point where he got off his game. He never got off his game. There was some excitement at the end, but he controlled it earlier more than I did.”

“He had a really good game plan,” Hopkins had said earlier in the evening, immediately after the bout. “When he got hit with some of my shots, he would sit back and wait, but he used his reach and his distance and that was his key. He has very good mechanics and patience, and because after I hit him he sat back, that would cause me to have to reset. It was hard that he stayed patient. He had a really good game plan. … He also countered his right hand over my jab. I give him a lot of respect.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bigg Rigg on 11-11-2014

Undersized huh....... Like Tito and Oscar???

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=SonofZorro;15090029]Kovalev did what Chad did to the old Hop just manhandled the slow Hoppy and beat the crap out of the average old Hop. Hop has hand pick most of his opponents who he knows he could beat. Pascal-Cloud-Pavlik-Shumonov. Dawson…

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=FloydvsPac;15089589]Hopkins is usually this humble AFTER a win, especially when he has disrespected his opponents many times before their bouts. This made his humility disingenuous and I was always critical of that. B-HOP has NEVER been this humble after a…

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=SonofZorro;15089508]Hoppie came to last not engage and dance away for 12 rounds. Heck Hoppie could fight till he was 80 with that elusive style of not fighting. Hop plays fans a fools anyway especially the dimwits that buy into Hop…

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-11-2014

[QUOTE=***1048;ATAS;15088900]yeah sure except they were in the primes of their career, except probably Wright.[/QUOTE] Prime is when they're at the best fighting weight. Oscar was a blown up Middleweight. They all moved up two weight classes, above their prime weight.

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