Hopkins: I Would Rather Fight Froch, Bute, Golovkin

By Bill Emes

IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32KOs) had several other possible candidates in mind for his next fight, but all of them are occupied with their own events - like Lucian Bute, who faces Jean Pascal in a Canadian super-fight on May 25th, or Carl Froch who takes on Mikkel Kessler in a super middleweight unification on May 25, and WBO/IBO middleweight king Gennady Golovkin who faces Matthew Macklin on June 29th.

Hopkins will make a mandatory defense against Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15KOs) on a date in July or August.

Hopkins sees a fighter like Murat as being a dangerous opponent because -"If he beats me then he makes a name for himself, but if I beat him then he's just another victim. Murat is coming over here with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Just that alone, I must be prepared mentally and physically."

If all of the fighters come though with victories, Hopkins wants to face Froch, Bute or Golovkin next.

"I would rather fight a Bute, I would rather fight a Golovkin who called me out, I would rather fight a Froch. But we are all occupied [in other fights] around the same time. If we are all standing, then trust me that 168 and 175, and [those fighters I mentioned] they are all light heavyweights. They all walk around well above 175.That division, 175, is going to be hot in less than twelve months...just watch," Hopkins told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by goldenbear on 04-14-2013

Can't believe people would even dare knock Hopkins fighting any of those guys. GGG called him out and even though he's two weight classes below he's considerable younger than Hopkins so that nullifies a lot. I'm sure they would meet…

Comment by lutenco on 04-14-2013

Don't miss Chad vs Adonis...

Comment by I Love Jesus! on 04-13-2013

I love Hopkins but why don't he just retire already? At almost 50 why does he even want to fight anymore? Why don't he just go enjoy the rest of his life?

Comment by Scott Dennett on 04-13-2013

I agree, a lot is going to happen in the next (12) months in these weight divisions. I look for Edwin Rodriquez (23-0) to surprise a lot of people. He's ready, but no one wants to face him.

Comment by Jloro on 04-13-2013

awful lot of Bhop haters here... I think he has some balls wanting to fight the best at 48 nobody seems to keep that in mind. a 48 year old man wants to fight the most "ducked" fighters who called…

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