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Don’t Blame My Age for Loss to Kovalev, Says Hopkins

by David P. Greisman

Bernard Hopkins was a 49-year-old against a 31-year-old foe. This was not new to Hopkins; he’d faced and defeated many a younger foe before. And while he lost to Sergey Kovalev by shutout on Saturday night, Hopkins used his post-fight press conference to praise Kovalev’s strategy and skills, not putting forth any excuses whatsoever for the defeat..

“I don’t like to lose. My track record shows that,” Hopkins said. But, he said, to say that Kovalev won because of Hopkins’ age would be “taking away from him — and I don’t think nobody should do that.”

“I know for a fact that win, lose or draw, I don’t go out saying I’m 49 because things didn’t go my way,” he said. “Because if you ain’t supposed to be in there you shouldn’t be in the ring, no matter what age you are.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing Goat on 11-10-2014

I can't stand Hops but I will say this, the dude has big balls of steel and has never back down from a fight aside from prime RJJR. He's a bonafide legend and there's no taking that away from him.…

Comment by MDPopescu on 11-10-2014

Hopkins would have had beaten Stevenson, instead... Adonis only has that straight left, which he can't land on B-Hop because of grandpa's shoulder roll and stance... :)

Comment by BaDaBiNgVIP on 11-10-2014

the crusher used his size and reach. that was his key to the win. b hop didnt throw much due to crusher fainting and also crusher used distance well. he just was outsized and outgunned. anyone else would have caved…

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 11-10-2014

I don't get why people are defensive about saying Hopkins looked old. He did. He hardly threw any punches. He stood there n got beat all night. I'll be the first to admit I thought hop had this fight won.…

Comment by MPX309 on 11-10-2014

There seems to be a paradox in people who say that his age is what lost him the fight, because the way I saw it. . . His age is also what kept him in the fight, using all that…

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