Light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins made his case for facing Floyd Mayweather at 160 pounds in the aftermath of Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory over Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night.
“Am I worried?” asked Floyd Mayweather Jr., who gave a complete rundown of the reasons he is not impressed with Canelo Alvarez’s resume at Wednesday’s press conference, “Absolutely not.”
Vitali Klitschko, who has been busy in politics and nursing a hand injury, has been given until March to make the mandatory defense of his WBC heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne.
The Showtime doubleheader topped by the Seth Mitchell-Chris Arreola heavyweight fight will take place on Sept. 7 rather than Sept. 6, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Tuesday.
The July 13 Showtime Championship Boxing card headlined by IBF light heavyweight beltholder Bernard Hopkins’ title defense against Karo Murat at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been cancelled due to the Germany based challenger’s visa denial and subsequent inability to enter the United States.
Unbeaten three-division titlewinner Abner Mares on a potential matchup with prospect Gary Russell Jr.: “Whenever this fight with Gary Russell were to happen, we’ll find out then if I’m tailor-made for him.”
Less than two years away from being 50, Bernard Hopkins has accomplished all there is to do in boxing, yet the light heavyweight titleholder – who defends his IBF belt against Karo Murat on July 13 – is still as motivated as ever and in the hunt for one more “mega fight.”
Bernard Hopkins spoke to RingTV’s Bill Emes after Lucas Matthysse’s third-round KO of Lamont Peterson. Of a potential showdown between Matthysse and RING 140-pound champ Danny Garcia, Hopkins said Garcia has to be “perfect; he’s gotta pitch a no-hitter.”
If he gets beyond a mandatory title defense against Karo Murat in July, IBF light heavyweight beltholder Bernard Hopkins would like to face Carl Froch or Lucian Bute. (This story also contains a video of Hopkins accepting Gennady Golovkin’s challenge.)