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Hopkins: Kovalev Claiming Mental Games is Lame Excuse

By Mike Coppinger

Bernard Hopkins is known for many things inside the ring: guile, counter-punching and defense among them.

But perhaps his best asset is his ability get in an opponent's head before the fight.

Sergey Kovalev is well aware that Hopkins likes to play mind games, and he doesn't want to fall prey ahead of their November 8th unification matchup. The HBO televised fight takes place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

"I know I need to stay disciplined and keep working hard in order to not fall into Hopkins' mental games," Kovalev said on a Tuesday media conference call.

Hopkins scoffed at the talk.

"It's just a lame excuse for not being as confident," Hopkins countered. "It's saying 'he beat me and got in my head.' ... I don't know what is in Kovalev's head. I don't know what's in his head other than Nov. 8 I hope."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing Goat on 10-22-2014

I can't stand Hopkins but cannot deny his craft. He probably wins a decision but make no mistake, he is in danger in this fight. I respect the guys balls for sure.

Comment by Build That Wall on 10-21-2014

[QUOTE=tjones1989;15042022]Hopkins is Benjamin Button, dude gets younger as he ages.[/QUOTE] I would be a billionaire if I got a dime for the amount of times I have said that.

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-21-2014

Do you know why Hopkins didn't get into Sad Chad's head? Because he didn't have where to get into...

Comment by Tuavale on 10-21-2014

Hopkins completely full of ****

Comment by tjones1989 on 10-21-2014

Hopkins is Benjamin Button, dude gets younger as he ages.

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