48-year old champion Bernard Hopkins will defend his IBF Light Heavyweight belt against Germany's contender Karo Murat on Sunday at United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat
Hopkins, the oldest world champion in the history of boxing, will again try to prove to the world that age is only a number when he faced the 30-year old Morat in the ring.
Executioner Out! The Alien In
Hopkins set again a new record as the oldest world champion in the sport after beating Tavoris Cloud via unanimous decision in their 12-round title fight at Barclays Center.
Coming off a loss against Chad Dawson, the American boxer came through with another masterful boxing performance as he darted in and out of Cloud defense.
Hopkins, who was known as the executioner throughout his legendary career, said he already retired his old moniker and will now introduce himself to the world as 'The Alien' for being out of this world.
"I'm happy to be here, but that's where 'The Alien' comes in," Hopkins told ESPN Boxing writer Dan Rafael. "You won't hear 'The Executioner.' You won't see me with my hands crossed. 'The Executioner' is retired. I'm an alien because I am of this world, but I'm not from this world."
Even, Hopkins' trainer Naazim Richardson is fascinated with his fighter's ability to fend off signs of aging.
"I can't call a trainer to ask him, 'What did you do with your 50-year-old fighter to get him ready for a world championship (fight)? What did you do when you were getting a 50-year-old ready for a title?' This is uncharted territory," said Naazim Richardson, Hopkins' trainer. "Even the great living trainers, Buddy McGirt, Freddie Roach, I can't call any of them and say, 'What did you do with your 50-year-old?'"
Big Fight in the Picture
Hopkins said he really believes that there's going to be a big fight before he finally hangs up his gloves and one of those intriguing matchups is with undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"I know that there's light at the end of the tunnel," Hopkins said. "In this case, there's what I consider a super-fight at the end of this, whether it's my division or some other division. But I know one thing -- before you get to the Tootsie Roll, you've got to do a lot of licking. That's not in a disrespectful way, but it's in a way of knowing that you got to get down into that box of the Cracker Jacks and you get the prize.
"You've got to get through these things. These things are just part of business, whether you like it or not."
Murat - Not a Pushover
Although he's a relatively unknown boxer, Murat will certainly give Hopkins some scare moments in the fight. The German boasts a 25 win, 15 KOs record with only one defeat in 27 professional fights. He's coming off a seventh round TKO win over Sandro Siproshvili of Georgia, making him a very dangerous opponent for seasoned boxer like Hopkins.
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