Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins Talks Sadam Ali & #MayPac
We caught up with Bernard Hopkins after Sadam Ali’s press conference following his victory over Francisco Santana. Bernard talks about Sadam and breaks down Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao.

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Bernard Hopkins Extended Interview From Montreal
Bernard Hopkins spoke with us for nearly a half a hour the weekend of Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal. Bernard speaks on all the topics of the moment in boxing including Kovalev vs Pascal, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, Golden Boy coming back strong and much more.

 

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Bernard Hopkins was at Gleason’s Gym were he spoke with reporters at the media workout for the December 6th event at the Barclays Center. We have the full unedited conversation where Hopkins talks about his fight with Sergey Kovalev and much much more. Gabriel Rosado vs David Lemieux headline the event on December 6th with HBO broadcasting the nights top fights.

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Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2 32KO) spoke to the media at the press conference after his unanimous decision (106-120 107-120 107-120) loss to Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1 23KO). Hopkins surrendered his IBF & WBA Light Heavyweight belts to “Krusher” who added the two belts to his WBO title.

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After today’s weigh in for Saturday’s showdown between Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), and Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs), we at Hit First Boxing were able to catch up with ESPN’s and HBO’s Max Kellerman. Max was gracious enough to give us a good amount of his time, and talk about Saturday night’s championship unification between Hopkins and Kovalev. Max talks about Hopkins’ legacy in the sport of Boxing, and he also gave us his thoughts on Pacquiao-Algeri. Hopkins-Kovalev and Pacquiao-Algeri will both be televised live by HBO on November 8th in Atlantic City, and November 22nd in Macau, China.

Interview by Sean Zittel.

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Naazim Richardson the trainer of Bernard Hopkins spoke with us about Bernards upcoming fight with Sergey Kovalev. The fight takes place November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and will be broadcast on HBO.

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Bernard Hopkins weighed in at 173.5 pounds while Sergey Kovalev tipped the scales at 174.5 pounds for their Light Heavyweight Unification bout. The two square off November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO.

 

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It has been one hell of a ride in the career of the legendary Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2 32 Kos). The 49 year old from the city of brotherly love was the most successful middleweight champion in the history of Boxing. And then follow that up with breaking George Foreman’s historic record for being the oldest man to win a world championship in the sport. For any other human being those accomplishments would be sufficient enough to call it a day, but Hopkins is calling himself an alien these days. All jokes aside, the pugilistic professor is of course human. Hopkins, to his disappointment, may not actually be an extra terrestrial, but his skills and smarts are otherworldly.

It will be the job of undefeated KO artist Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs), to bring Hopkins crashing back down to earth. Kovalev is a truly feared fighter whose KO percentage speaks for itself. The Russian native has garnered universal acclaim and high marks from all of the spectators within the sport. His impressive displays sent the WBC champion of the division, Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), running for the hills. Stevenson and Kovalev were slated to fight for all the marbles, (as Hopkins and Koavlev are now doing), last year. Instead, Stevenson said the hell with fighting Kovalev and the hell with HBO. The move backfired as Stevenson’s career has lost momentum since, and it is now Kovalev who has been awarded with the biggest opportunity of his career. One could say Sergey Kovalev has been the Gennady Golovkin of the light heavyweight division. If it wasn’t for a second round technical draw Kovalev had back in 2011, you would have to go back to the last time the Los Angeles Lakers were NBA champions to find an opponent that made it to the final bell with Sergey Kovalev. Not only does Kovalev knock everybody out, but like Golovkin, nobody wants to fight him. Nobody until now.

So why would Bernard Hopkins take this fight? He apparently has the money, millions and millions of dollars stacked in the bank. He has won enough world championships that he could wear a different world title around his waist for each day of the week. So what gives? Well for one, Hopkins loves to challenges himself and is a student of the sport as much as anybody else is. He knows what each victory does for his legacy, and he grows greedy with lust for legacy instead of money. Instead of another paycheck that fattens his bank account, Bernard sees another scalp that can greaten his resume. The other reason: Bernard sees something in Kovalev that lets him know he can beat him. Hopkins most previous defeat came at the hands of Chad Dawson (32-4, 18 KOs), in which he lost the light heavyweight championship of the world via Majority Decision. Hopkins looked his age in that fight more than ever, but since has responded with 3 resounding victories overs solid fighters. Kovalev is certainly a much better fighter than Tavoris Cloud and Beibut Shumenov, the fighters Hopkins won his IBF and WBA world titles from since losing to Dawson. However, Kovalev does not possess any of the qualities (other than youth) that Dawson had in his repertoire. As said before Kovalev is a destroyer, and he probably would have beaten Dawson head-to-head, but as the old adage goes: styles make fights. Chad Dawson defeated Bernard Hopkins for reasons similar to why both Jermain Taylor and Joe Calzaghe were able to defeat him. All three of them possessed a great deal of athleticism, and were able to either match or exceed Hopkins’ hand speed. Speed kills and while Kovalev is no slouch, it will be Hopkins who has the quicker hands Saturday night. Hopkins has never lost to a slower fighter, and his track record against undefeated knockout artists is fantastic.

Hopkins has been in this exact same position before. He was a huge underdog going into his fights with both Felix Trinidad and Kelly Pavlik, who were both undefeated champions on the pound for pound lists at the time. He went on to dominate both, disarming each man’s power so that their thunderous punches became irrelevant. Kovalev’s best weapon is his power, but what good will it do him if he cannot find the target? Even at 49, Hopkins is still one of the best defensive fighters in Boxing. Sergey Kovalev is the real deal and he will definitely bring his best Saturday night and will be well prepared. He is a bad man that may indeed make Bernard eat his words and regret his decision to take this fight. Ultimately however, he will be studied and then solves by the teacher, as his strength’s play right into Hopkins’ hands. Unfortunately for Kovalev, he seems to be going up against destiny. Hopkins has made it this far in his insane quest, too far to come up short. The fight may be Hopkins-Kovalev, but this is all about Hopkins and the history he is making. Saturday night in Atlantic City, the same city where he fought and lost his first professional fight, Hopkins will make us all say “He did it again.”. I hope you will be tuning in. “Alien Vs Krusher”, Hopkins-Kovalev, will be televised live from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on HBO’s World Championship Boxing this Saturday night, 10:45 PM ET.

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