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Hopkins-Murat rescheduled for October
The IBF light-heavyweight champion, “The Executioner” Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs) defends his 175-pound title against Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, October 26, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Hopkins was suppose to fight Murat in July, but Murat was denied a visa into the U.S. The bout will be Hopkins’ 31st career world title fight that included 20 consecutive successful defenses as world middleweight champion.
Hopkins is a one of a kind type of boxer. In March, Hopkins set a new record as the oldest fighter to win a major world title when he decisioned Tavoris Cloud for the IBF 175-pound crown at the Barclays Center in March.
“I’m happy this fight is back on,” said Hopkins. “Karo Murat is my mandatory and he is coming here to take down this 48-year-old champion, except he’s coming three months late. He gave me extra time to spend with my family, stay in the gym longer to get ready for this fight. I’m going to be so physically and mentally prepared come October 26, Murat will know he is facing a great champion regardless of my age. I feel like a fighter in my 20s not my 40s.”
At age 48, Hopkins continues to prolong what he has obviously crafted a beautiful Hall of Fame boxing career. Hopkins is
competying against and defeating guys that are nearly half his age. In recent years Hopkins has fought the best fighters available: Jean Pascal, Tavoris Cloud, and Kelly Pavlik. His great rivals like Roy Jones, Jr., Joe Calzaghe, Felix Trinidad, William Joppy, Keith Holmes, and Jermain Taylor have either disappeared or long retired.
Hopkins continues to reinvent himself by winning world titles and defending it against younger fighters. Karo Murat is next on the list.
“This fight has been a long time coming,” Murat said. “I had some issues with my visa, but those are finally solved. I felt ready in July and in October, I will feel even more ready. I’ve been awaiting the chance to fight for the IBF title since late 2011 so three months extra is nothing to me.”
Murat has done well since his professional boxing debut in 2006. The 29-year-old German has won several regional titles and has been undefeated since his only loss to former WBO 175-pound champion Nathan Cleverly.
Tickets for Hopkins-Murat, priced at $300, $150, $75, and $25, can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com, 800-736-1420, and the Boardwalk Hall Box Office.
Adonis Stevenson defends light-heavyweight title in Montreal
WBC light-heavyweight championship will be on the line when Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) defends his title for the first time on Saturday, September 21, at the Bell Centre in Montreal Canada against former IBF champion, Tavoris Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs). HBO will televise.
The Last time we saw Stevenson, he crushed Chad Dawson, the ‘future’ of the light-heavyweight class, in just 76 seconds.
Stevenson landed a booming left-hand that flattened Dawson to the canvas hard. The victory for Stevenson was significant because, the 36-year-old was in desperate need of a signature victory. He needed to justify is glossy, but empty professional record. Stevenson didn’t fight anybody before beating Dawson. Now that Dawson is on Stevenson’s record in the win column, perhaps the more meaningful fights will come.
“Adonis Stevenson’s goal is not to become just a world champion,” said Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel. “Adonis Stevenson has the required potential to become a major international attraction in professional boxing, but to get there he needed in the June 8th fight: a seasoned and dangerous opponent, world title, and prestigious television. The table is set; the future is now in his fists of steel. This prediction is now being achieved!”
Stevenson has knocked out his last eight opponents dating back to 2007. However, Cloud will be his biggest and toughest fight to date.
Cloud, 31, Tallahassee, FL, was the IBF 175-pound champion for four years. In 2009, Cloud defeated long-time light-heavyweight contender and former champion, Clinton Woods to win the title. Cloud defended it successfully four times against Glen Johnson, Fulgencio Zuniga, Yusaf Mack, and Gabriel Campillo. Cloud was pounded through twelve rounds and lost the IBF title to Bernard Hopkins, via unanimous decision last March.
Interesting note: Cloud’s 78 rounds fought in career world title fights is two less than Stevenson’s 80 rounds fought during his professional career. Cloud has never tasted the canvas and has never been in serious trouble or in danger of over going down in a fight.