IBF light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins will make the first defense of his belt against mandatory challenger Karo Murat of Germany on July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to ESPN.com.
Hopkins defeated Tarvoris Cloud to win the title last month, extending the 48-year-old’s own record as the oldest man to win a significant crown. The Philadelphian originally set the mark by outpointing Jean Pascal to win the WBC light heavyweight belt at 46 in May of last year.
Gary Russell Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) could fight on the undercard of the fight between Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 knockouts) and Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs), according to ESPN.com. No opponent has been selected.
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