Bernard Hopkins defends his IBF light heavyweight title against Karo Murat




By Andrew McCart

Bernard Hopkins broke his own record as boxing’s oldest champion when he outpointed Tavoris Cloud to claim the IBF title.

On July 13th Hopkins will fulfil his duties as champion and face his mandatory challenger in Karo Murat.

Murat’s last fight was a year ago against little known Sandro Siproshvili. Who he stopped in the 7th round of 8. His only loss was against Britain’s own light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly back in 2010.

However looking at Murat’s record, Cleverly aside, he hasn’t fought anyone like Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins has shared the ring with some of the sports greatest, Oscar De La Hoya, Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. to name a few. Murat clearly has some skills to be where he is, he’s coming to America to make a name for himself and has nothing to lose. Coming up against Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins however I see an easy win for BHop, winning by late stoppage.

Winning this fight opens the door to potential fights with either WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly or a catch weight fight with Carl Froch. Hopkins has already expressed his interest in fighting Froch and with Froch saying he is willing to take the fight only if it was at a catch weight, it is a fight I would love to see. Hopefully in the UK.

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