Whats At Stake? Bernard Hopkins vs Sergey Kovalev

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014 | 0

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Bernard Hopkins vs Sergey Kovalev could alter the boxing history books forever…..

Bernard Hopkins has been in the boxing game for a very long time, and has fought some of the sports biggest names during his tenure as a pugilist. Oscar De La Hoya, Joe Calzaghe, Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver, Jermain Taylor, Winky Wright, Kelly Pavlik, and many more help make up an incredible list of fights for “The Alien”.

Now 49 years of age, and having fought for more than half his life, Hopkins once again stands on the brink of breaking records; his November 8th fight against knockout artist Sergey Kovalev has some weight to it, and the ageing veteran could solidify his place in the boxing history books should he win.

Already holding all four major titles (WBO/WBC/WBA/IBF) at middleweight, and the WBA/WBC/IBF light-heavyweight belts, Hopkins will look to become the first man ever to simultaneously hold all four major belts in two different weight classes. He already is the only man to hold all four in one weight division, and has been since knocking out Oscar De La Hoya in 2004.

Kovalev holds the last of the alphabet belts that Hopkins needs at light-heavyweight, after beating Nathan Cleverly by TKO in 2013. A win for the Russian would be amazing, but somewhat overshadowed by the fact that Hopkins is nearly 50.

This bout is arguably a huge step up in competition for the unbeaten knockout artist from Russia, and would extend his record to 26-0-1. “Krusher” has only been to the scorecards twice, and the last time that happened was against Grover Young in their 2011 technical draw. The stakes for both men in Bernard Hopkins vs Sergey Kovalev are gigantic.

Hopkins could enter his 50th year on earth as a two-weight clean sweep champion, but will he be able to drag this fight in to the later rounds? You’d expect Kovalev to be prepared for a 12-rounder, and conditioned, but he has never actually been past eight rounds.

It would be foolish for “B-Hop” to stand and trade with “Krusher” on November 8th, and it might be hard to keep out of the Russian’s power-range at the age of 49. Although he does have a huge advantage in experience, will it be enough for Hopkins to outclass the younger and more powerful man?

Expect the unexpected when Hopkins is involved, as he has proved us wrong so many times. What are your predictions for Bernard Hopkins vs Sergey Kovalev?

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