Bernard Hopkins on Why He Turned Down Beterbiev

By Victor Salazar

Bernard Hopkins, 50-years-old, was recently ordered to face undefeated hot prospect Artur Beterbiev in a final IBF light heavyweight eliminator to face Sergey Kovalev for the 175 pound IBF World title. Hopkins has been inactive since losing a twelve round decision to Kovalev last year.

Hopkins passed on the opportunity to face Beterbiev, because he so no reason to face the up and comer and said his decision to turn down the fight had nothing to do with Beterbiev being managed by Al Haymon or the association with Premier Boxing Champions.

At he moment, Hopkins has placed his full focus on facing WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. Hopkins captured titles at middleweight and light heavyweight, but never won a world title at 168 as he jumped directly from 160 to 175 when he decisioned Antonio Tarver in 2007.

“It’s no politics [on why I turned him down],” Hopkins said to “I represented the IBF 20 times, it was the first title I won. I think on this stage the Beterbiev fight means nothing to me because not only is there a title involved with Abraham but there is prestige involved with winning a title at 168-pounds. Abraham has that notoriety here and fans know him here like they know him in Europe. It was an obvious choice."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 08-21-2015

Tito/Pavlik/Abraham were/are one-dimensional, slow fighters. Hopkins will look like a master.

Comment by Jizzy on 08-19-2015

But ward isn't black

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 08-19-2015

There are many reasons not to fight Beterbiev. The main one being that he'd like to continue living and breathing.

Comment by Red Skull on 08-19-2015

[QUOTE=Ryn0;15979479]If anyone has earned the right to pick whoever they want to fight last it's Hopkins. Man has paid his dues and then some.[/QUOTE] Yes, this! This is entirely different to the Floyd situation, there is nothing to fight for…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 08-19-2015

Why would hopkins take a beiterbeiv fight... Little money, no title, and fighting a much younger and bigger power puncher Abraham fight makes much more sense on every level

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