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Kovalev: Hopkins is Great, But Needs To Stop Career

Sergey Kovalev unified three light-heavyweight titles when he beat Bernard Hopkins on points in Atlantic City on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Russian beat the 49-year-old American 120-107 on two cards and 120-106 on the third and added Hopkins’s WBA and IBF belts to his WBO title.

Hopkins did put up a remarkable performance – for a man who will be 50 years old on January 15. But he was beaten round after round and left the ring with only memories of the good old times.

He was knocked down in the first round, nearly in the eighth and then almost in the final round, and spent most of the time with his back to the ropes and in the corners. But he was not knocked out, which says something for the old warhorse.

Kovalev improved his professional record to 26-0-1, with 23 wins inside the distance. Hopkins won 55 of his 62 fights and lost seven.

"I wanted to show fans that I know how to box and I did," Kovalev said. "I tried to go for the knockout in the 12th round. He has great defense. He's the best boxer in my division, after me. He needs to stop his career and give opportunities to younger guys."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Luilun on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=Cinci Champ;15086925]what are u even trying to say with this post?[/QUOTE] That Floyd is a dumb ghetto foul mouth

Comment by Cinci Champ on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=Luilun;15086901]Floyd doesn't speak English he speaks that new Liberal language Ebonics[/QUOTE] what are u even trying to say with this post?

Comment by Luilun on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=daggum;15086229]kovalev barely speaks english yet his interviews are still more coherent then floyd "forever ducking" mayweather[/QUOTE] Floyd doesn't speak English he speaks that new Liberal language Ebonics

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 11-09-2014

Still trying to decide which I'd like to see best... Kov dismantling SuperDuck, or BHop embarrassing him all night. Both would beat the bum badly.

Comment by luke1979 on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=Youlldunnoish;15086106]you gotta smother the Russian, mix it up with inside fighting and a little movement. sergey seemed comfortable in there all night and was never out of his rhythm. was surprised to see Hopkins not try to clinch in excess.…

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