Veteran fighter Hopkins looking to enhance legacy further…
Where: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
When: Saturday November 8, 22:45 ET.
Ahead of their light-heavyweight title unification fight on Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev came face-to-face for the weigh-in on Friday.
The pair will face off at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in a unification bout for the IBF, WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight World titles, with the 49-year-old Hopkins looking to prove his doubters wrong and hold off father time for yet another big fight.
The ‘Alien’ turns 50 in January and has already made 20 middleweight title defenses, has had three title reigns at light heavyweight and pulled off multiple upsets along the way.
However, his doubters continue to question how long he can continue, and many believe he will have finally arrived at the end of his career after he takes on the ‘Krusher’ Kovalev.
Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) hasn’t stopped any of his opponents in 10 years after his last stoppage against Oscar De La Hoya in 2004, but Kovalev possesses the power to finally be the man to stop the veteran American fighter.
The Russian (25-0-1, 23 KOs) is adamant that Hopkins’ age means little given that he is still in the ring fighting, but he will hope to unify the division and continue on his own path to securing his legacy.
“We’re not talking about just a fighter, any ordinary fighter,” said De La Hoya, Hopkins’ promoter and business partner. “We’re really talking about an alien, Bernard Hopkins, who at, the age of 49, going on 50, is still fighting the toughest and the very best.
“This man tells it old-school. We will never ever in our lifetime see a fighter like Bernard Hopkins, probably ever again.”