Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kovalev: This Fight is Dangerous For Me, For Him Too!

Unlike other boxers who seem to age a little with each punch they absorb, Bernard Hopkins is still a marvel to watch at 49 years of age.

The Philadelphia native is gearing up for his 66th professional bout as he tries to increase his record as the oldest world champion in boxing history.

He will be two months shy of his 50th birthday when he seeks to defy Father Time once more by squaring off against Russian Sergey Kovalev in a light heavyweight unification fight today at the Boardwalk Hall Arena.

“This isn’t about being an athlete, a boxer or whatever it is. This is something separate. Me as a man. I’ve been here since 1965. I have been special ever since. I still have the hunger to prove myself,” said Hopkins who hopes to add Kovalev’s WBO title to his WBA and IBF 170-pound belts.

George Foreman was the oldest title holder until Hopkins showed up on the scene. Foreman last fought at 48 and won his last title at 45.

Hopkins turned pro in October 1988 when Ronald Reagan was President, fighting for a quarter century.

“I don’t mind putting my wits up against anyone’s wits today,” said Hopkins on Thursday. “When I step into the ring I am at war with everybody.”

Hopkins, who grew up on the crime-plagued streets of north Philadelphia, is the second of eight children and the son of a city rubbish collector.

Hopkins was arrested more than two dozen times and stabbed three times. Boxing was his way out of the projects. But not before he served time in prison for armed robbery. He was paroled at age 23.

Hopkins hopes to dispose of Kovalev, who is 21 years his junior, and then defend his title at age 50.

But the Russian slugger is Hopkins’ most dangerous challenger in more than a decade.

“All roads lead to this fight. This is a huge fight in my career and in my life,” Kovalev said on Thursday. “Bernard Hopkins is a legend. He is a professor of professional boxing. This fight is dangerous for me but this fight is also dangerous for him.”

Kovalev has only one minor blemish on his career, a technical draw. In his 25 wins, only four opponents have lasted more than four rounds.

“In the beginning of my career, I was ready to fight anywhere at anytime. No one knew me in America and I built my career from zero. I fought any place, any opponent,” Kovalev said.

Kovalev, who goes by the nickname “Krusher” has earned a reputation as a hard puncher. In 2011, Kovalev fought and beat Roman Simakov who suffered brain injuries and died three days later. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr.Daddy on 11-08-2014

[QUOTE=StrangerInTown;15083399]The death of Roman Simakov is never mentioned when addressing the power of Kovalev. Is it bad taste to recall a fallen warrior when speculating about the man who vanquished him? Sergi's defining moment arrives in hours along with Hopkins…

Comment by bigjavi973 on 11-08-2014

Comment by Evil Abed on 11-08-2014

[[email protected];15083464]The thing with this fight, is that Kovalev's style power and ring skills are very comparable to Pavlik, Cloud, guys that style wise have "0" chance against B-Hop. If Hopkins wasnt 100 years old, everybody and their mother would be…

Comment by Dr Rumack on 11-08-2014

[[email protected];15083464][B]The thing with this fight, is that Kovalev's style power and ring skills are very comparable to Pavlik[/B], Cloud, guys that style wise have "0" chance against B-Hop. If Hopkins wasnt 100 years old, everybody and their mother would be…

Comment by [email protected] on 11-08-2014

The thing with this fight, is that Kovalev's style power and ring skills are very comparable to Pavlik, Cloud, guys that style wise have "0" chance against B-Hop. If Hopkins wasnt 100 years old, everybody and their mother would be…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Juanma: I Hope Gamboa Faces Me, Doesn't Run To Fight Loma Hearn: Wilder Must Agree Now, We Won't Wait Until Fury Fight! Joshua: Povetkin Strong, But Didn't Hurt Me In The First Round Photos: Luke Campbell Avenges Loss To Yvan Mendy Dillian Whyte To Anthony Joshua: I'm Here, Ready To Fight Next Photos: Sergey Kuzmin Stops Injured David Price in Four Joshua Wants Wilder-Fury Winner April 13 at Wembley Stadium Photos: Anthony Joshua Blasts Out Povetkin - MEGA Gallery Anthony Joshua: Fans Can Decide My April Foe! Photos: Lawrence Okolie Defeats Matty Askin in a Stinker Photos: Shakhram Giyasov Breaks Down, Stops Laguna Danny Garcia: Porter Loss Was Tough, I Have A lot of Fight Left! Jayson Velez Demolishes Orlando Cruz in Two Rounds Krael Shocks Borrego on Mayweather Card, Bellows is Upset Selina Barrios Dominates Juarez: Wants Taylor, Mayer, Serrano Hearn: Fury is The Most Unentertaining Fighter I've Ever Seen! Anthony Joshua: I Got My Knockout Streak Back Povetkin Credits Joshua For Big Win, Has No Excuses Over Loss Arum Very Interested in Bringing Canelo and Golovkin To ESPN Danny Gonzalez Edges Johnny Hernandez in Tough Fight Hearn: We Want Wilder Now, It's Biggest Fight in World Boxing Firat Arslan, Emre Cukur, Tarik Sozer Victorius in Istanbul Fury Not Impressed With Joshua Win: Biggest Bum I Ever Saw Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Wembley Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin - CompuBox Punch Stats Joshua's Promoter: We'll Try For The Deontay Wilder Fight Again Anthony Joshua Drops, Stops Alexander Povetkin in Seventh Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jonathan Taconing Dominates Vince Paras, Retains in Manila Luke Campbell Gets Revenge, Decisions Yvan Mendy Joshua vs. Povetkin: CompuBox Historical Review Luke Campbell vs. Yvan Mendy - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lawrence Okolie Decisions Matty Askin in Very Ugly Fight Joshua Wants To Emulate Ronaldo and Pacquiao's Longevity Lawrence Okolie vs. Matty Askin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: Stats & Stakes Sergey Kuzmin Stops a Tired David Price in Four Rounds David Price vs. Sergey Kuzmin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Shakhram Giyasov Stops Laguna in Five Rounds Promoter: Joshua Knows What He Faces In Underestimated Povetkin
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement