IBF light heavyweight titleholder weighed 172.5, two and half pounds under the division limit, at Friday’s weigh-in for his defense against Karo Murat that will take place on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. Murat weighed 174 pounds. Peter Quillin and Gabriel Rosado, who fight in Saturday’s co-feature, also made weight for their WBO title bout.
Bernard Hopkins on Karo Murat: “I need a stoppage, definitely. I haven’t had a knockout since 2004.”
Undefeated WBO middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin is the favorite going into his title defense against Gabriel Rosado on Saturday, however Rosado’s reaction upon looking into Quillin’s eyes at Wednesday’s press conference was “I’m going to punish this dude.”
Karo Murat says Bernard Hopkins is slowing down, but the 48-year-old light heavyweight titleholder isn’t expected to look his age when he defends his IBF belt against the 18-years-younger challenger on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J.
Promoter Artie Pelullo calls newl WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov “the most exciting fighter in the business.” He wants the Russian bomber to face Tim Bradley in a rematch or the winner of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios.
Trainer Abel Sanchez said Gennady Golovkin “is the best middleweight ever besides Sugar Ray Robinson and maybe Bernard Hopkins.”
The WBO middleweight title bout between unbeaten beltholder Peter Quillin and Gabriel Rosado was officially added as the co-feature to the Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat fight on Oct. 26 in Atlantic City, N.J. Rosado is undefeated in New Jersey.
A deal has been reached for a catchweight five pounds above the original limit for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera on Saturday, raising questions of fairness and fighter safety. HBO’s Jim Lampley gives his take on the son of Mexico’s most famous boxer.
Heavyweight KO artist Deontay Wilder, who has been added to the Oct. 26 Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat card, believes David Haye will defeat Tyson Fury on Feb. 8, and that he will be fighting for a major title during the early months of next year.
Heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder is preparing as if he will be fighting on the Oct. 26 Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat card on Showtime from Atlantic City.