Kovalev Explains Why Bernard Hopkins is a 'Dirty Fighter'

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23KOs) has been watching Bernard Hopkins for a very long time. Next Saturday night, Kovalev will attempt to grasp the 49-year-old boxer's IBF/WBA title belts at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Kovalev is training hard in the gym and working up a strategy of attack, which includes some defensive tactics to avoid any of Hopkins' questionable tricks.

The Russian puncher explained why he believes Hopkins is a "dirty fighter."

"Because he is punching open hands. Punching from the head like a deer. He fighting like a street fighter. Because he is dangerous. He can cut you from the head, from the elbow, everything, from any part of his body. He is looking like a very dirty fighter. Sometimes he is making like a clown," Kovalev said.

"He is a good actor. If he is feeling like he can't do something legally, he start playing like an actor and complaining about pain or a low blow or something. Like in his first fight against Chad Dawson, he was not ready for this fight. I saw his first round and after first round he understood that he is not going to win this fight and he complained he hurt his shoulder and got TD [technical draw] but he still keep title."

"We will see everything on November 8. I am not a prediction man. I don't know. Watch HBO or welcome to Atlantic City, Boardwalk Hall and you will see everything November 8."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -NAV- on 11-01-2014

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;15066673]Yeah, we'll know right away how much a threat Hopkins thinks Kovalev is. He fights very dirty when he thinks someone can beat him.[/QUOTE] I think Hopkins gets executed in this fight kova by ko.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 11-01-2014

[QUOTE=T18Z;15063832]Fully expect once Hopkin's realizes he's in for a hard battle he'll begin to use the same old dirty tricks as usual, crying foul whenever he can.[/QUOTE] Yeah, we'll know right away how much a threat Hopkins thinks Kovalev is.…

Comment by Xi_ on 11-01-2014

bhop will end this hype-train.......

Comment by King_ on 11-01-2014

R.I.P the legendary career of future HOF'er Bernard Hopkins

Comment by Musi4180 on 11-01-2014

There is a huge difference between dirty and sneaky all world class boxers have sneaky tricks. He can watch as much tape as he wants the bottom line in this fight is these are two different levels of boxing. Bhop…

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