Bernard Hopkins, who turns 50 in January, has made a career of mentally torturing his opponents prior to fights. The future hall of famer is already trying to plant seeds of doubt into the mind of Sergey Kovalev, who he faces on Saturday in Atlantic City.
With Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev now just days away, the light heavyweight stars gave the press a last look at their preparations. Photos by Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions.
Always the gamesman, Bernard Hopkins attests to know everything about Sergey Kovalev ahead of their Nov. 8 light heavyweight title unification bout.
Sergey Kovalev is undeterred by Bernard Hopkins’ rhetoric in the lead-up to their light heavyweight title unification bout, stating that Hopkins talks while he simply fights.
Already a living legend and modern-day marvel in boxing, WBA/IBF light heavyweight titlist Bernard Hopkins believes he hasn’t received his just due – because of his skin color.
Fans share their thoughts on Saturday’s light heavyweight title unification showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, as well as Jean Pascal, Keith Thurman-Leonard Bundu, and the difference between hall of famers and all-time greats in this week’s Monday mailbag.
Russian light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev says he’ll be fully loaded with “bullets” for his showdown with Bernard Hopkins to decide who will leave Atlantic City with three belts around his waist on Nov. 8.
Former RING light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal knows a win by Sergey Kovalev over Bernard Hopkins on Nov. 8 could mean a shot at the Russian soon after.
Although Bernard Hopkins will be two months shy of 50 when he takes on Sergey Kovalev in their anticipated light heavyweight title unification bout on Nov. 8, he isn’t expecting an outpouring of praise from media or critics if he beats the fearsome Russian puncher.
As the adage goes, actions speak louder than words. In that case, is RING light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson all talk when it comes to challenging Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev?
Fighting dirty is a tactic Bernard Hopkins knows all too well but his opponent, Sergey Kovalev insists he’ll be prepared to fight just as as questionably on Nov. 8.
Bernard Hopkins reminded media members that he defeated Sergey Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson in a middleweight title bout in 1997 during a Tuesday conference call. He also questioned Jackson’s ability to convey a winning strategy to Kovalev.
If facing a living legend with the possibility of cementing his own legacy in the light heavyweight division wasn’t enough motivation for victory on Nov. 8, then becoming a brand-new dad certainly is for Sergey Kovalev.
Arguably more interesting than it has been in years, the light heavyweight division won’t be seeing an Adonis Stevenson-Artur Beterbiev bout anytime soon.
Sergey Kovalev shared his fighting philosophy, his desire to improve as a boxer and his thoughts on fighting Bernard Hopkins with the boxing press during his recent media day in Big Bear, California. The unbeaten WBO light heavyweight beltholder faces Hopkins on Nov. 8.