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Hopkins' Trainer: Sergey Kovalev is a Freak of Nature

By Edward Chaykovsky

Naazim Richardson, trainer of IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, anticipates a very dangerous fight when they face WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in a three belt unification on November 8th from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Kovalev has demolished 23 out of his 25 opponents. Most of those opponents are put away inside the first six rounds. Hopkins has never been seriously hurt and he's never been knocked out. Against some of the biggest punchers that he faced throughout his long career, Hopkins used their power against them.

"You can't be undedicated in this job, you have to be in there and be a part of everything. We're dealing with a freak of nature in Kovalev, he might be the hardest puncher in the history of boxing, we'll see," Richardson said.

"Bernard can watch Kovalev's tapes, but until you feel the punches you don't know what it is. We don't know how hard he can punch, but we've fought some guys who could punch. We saw with Pavlik, Tarver and Trinidad, those guys had power.

"The only thing Bernard hasn't done in this sport is lose badly, so I told him to get out of this sport before he does everything. But he proved me wrong because then he beat Pavlik and Pascal and all of the other guys."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kafkod on 10-29-2014

[QUOTE=Deevel916;15059875]When Maidana does it its considered "dirty unskilled brawling". When someone like Ward or Bhop does it, its "crafty" LOL.[/QUOTE] It really amused me to hear Nazeem Richardson bleating about Tyson Fury pushing Steve Cunningham's head back with his forearm…

Comment by Deevel916 on 10-29-2014

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;15059676]Truth to that, nothing but dirty tactics[/QUOTE] When Maidana does it its considered "dirty unskilled brawling". When someone like Ward or Bhop does it, its "crafty" LOL.

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 10-29-2014

[QUOTE=Bx166NY;15059155]Funny how anybody else would be called dirty for fighting the way Hopkins does but people call him "Crafty" SMH[/QUOTE] Truth to that, nothing but dirty tactics

Comment by deanrw on 10-29-2014

I cannot see Hopkins getting stopped, he is just too wily. I think if he finds Kovalev too much and himself too old, he will find a way to get out of the heat with some hijinks to get the…

Comment by Tuavale on 10-29-2014

Segundo Mercado hurt Hopkins pretty badly. Nard has tightened up defense since that fight but it won't matter on 11/8. Kovalev will hunt him down and be the 1st to stop the Alien. Either that of Nard will look for…

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