Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: Bernard Hopkins to be a guest on Arsenio Hall

SAN ANTONIO — Former undisputed middleweight and RING light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is scheduled to be a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show on Wednesday in Los Angeles, the 48-year-old boxer said on Friday.

Hopkins, who will tape the show on Tuesday, said that Hall plans to discuss a wide range of topics, ranging from health and wellness to boxing.

Hopkins spoke on the subject while in town for tonight’s Showtime-televised quadrupleheader at The Alamodome whose main event features Adrien Broner’s defense of his WBA welterweight title belt against Marcos Maidana.

A future hall of famer and the current IBF light heavyweight titleholder, Hopkins unanimously decisioned Karo Murat in October in defense of the IBF belt he won by unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Tavoris Cloud in March to extend his own record as the oldest man to win a significant crown.

Hopkins first set the record at the age of 46 by outpointing Jean Pascal for the WBC’s title in May of 2011 before being dethroned following a majority decision loss to Chad Dawson in May of 2012.

During a recent interview with RingTV.com, Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 knockouts) said that he wants to unify the 175-pound division before January of 2015 when he turns 50.

During that time, Hopkins will look to defeat promotional stablemate, Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs), who must first get beyond Tamas Kovacs tonight.

In addition, Hopkins hopes for a matchup to materialize between hard-hitting conterparts RING and WBC champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) and WBO beltholder Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs), who are aligned with Showtime’s network rival HBO.

After winning the IBF middleweight title from Segundo Mercado on April 29, 1995, Hopkins went on to defend it a record 20 times before losing to Jermain Taylor by a split decision on July 16, 2005.

Hopkins’ milestone run included knockouts against the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Robert Allen, Simon Brown, Glen Johnson, John David Jackson and Carl Daniels.

After he lost to Taylor, and then endured an immediate rematch loss, Hopkins rose into the light heavyweight division for triumphs over Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, Kelly Pavlik, Enrique Ornelas and Roy Jones, his lone defeat prior to Dawson in the division being by split-decision against Joe Calzaghe.

 

ANTHONY OGOGO RETURNS ON SATURDAY

English 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo, who is coming off last month’s fifth-round knockout of Gary Boulden in July, will face countryman Daniel Blackwell on Saturday’s Kevin Mitchell-Karim Ouazghari card at ExCel Arena in Dockland, London, Matchroom Sport announced on Friday.

Ogogo (3-0, 2 KOs), who signed with Golden Boy last December, will take on a 20-year-old in Blackwell who is 5-26 with one knockout.

“I’m really looking forward to Saturday night,” said Ogogo, who is 25. “I’m boxing back at the ExCel for the first time since the London Olympics, so it’s going to be a special night for me, and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”

 

SIMEON HARDY SIGNS WITH BANNER PROMOTIONS

Welterweight prospect Simeon Hardy (10-0, 7 KOs), a 26-year-old from Brooklyn by way of Guyana, has signed with Banner Promotions, President Artie Pelullo has announced.
 

 


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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