Tag: Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat Bout Is Off Due to Murat Visa Denial: Entire July 13 Event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Cancelled
BROOKLYN, N.Y., June 14, 2013 — Due to number two rated IBF Light Heavyweight Contender Karo Murat being declared ineligible to receive a visa by the United States Department of State, and his subsequent inability to enter the United States, his scheduled July 13 fight against IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York slated to air on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING has been cancelled along with the entire event
“This is an extremely disappointing development as we were anticipating Bernard making history once again on July 13 at Barclays Center,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. “Since the administrative process that would have to be undertaken in order for Murat’s visa petition to be reconsidered takes longer than six months, we’re exploring several options with respect to Bernard’s next fight.” (continue reading…)
IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins and Number One Rated IBF Light Heavyweight Contender Karo Murat New York City Media Roundtable Quotes
NEW YORK CITY, June 6, 2013 — IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins held an intimate media roundtable in Midtown Manhattan today to discuss his July 13 title defense against number one rated IBF Light Heavyweight contender Karo Murat, who joined the roundtable via Skype from his training camp in Germany. Below please find quotes from Hopkins, Murat, COO of Golden Boy Promotions David Itskowitch, CEO of Barclays Center Brett Yormark and Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports Stephen Espinoza who were also on hand to discuss the highly anticipated fight taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and which will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®.
BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
“I just found out a month ago, the doctor will be here before the [fight week] press conference hopefully to explain this, but I must confess that I am not human. I am an alien. No, seriously. I realize that Pluto is no longer a planet now, so I’m from Mars. I’ve definitely retired the ‘Executioner.’ You will not hear me mention the Executioner. (continue reading…)
IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins to Face Mandatory Challenger Karo Murat on Saturday, July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tickets Go on Sale Tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. ET
BROOKLYN, (May 19, 2013) – Continuing to break his own records, IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins will become the oldest fighter in history to make his initial title defense when he faces number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Karo Murat on Saturday, July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bout will mark Hopkins’ second time fighting in Brooklyn’s new arena following his stellar win over Tavoris Cloud at Barclays Center in March.
Hopkins vs. Murat, a 12-round bout for Hopkins’ IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship taking place Saturday, July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. (continue reading…)
By John “Iceman” Scully
It’s amazing that Bernard Hopkins is once again a world champion. He uses superior conditioning as much as guile and ring smarts at his age to frequently overcome younger, stronger opponents like Tavoris Cloud, Kelly Pavlick and Jean Pascal. It’s astonishing how many twelve round fights he has won just since turning forty years old. His eight wins since 2005 over that distance represent more than most champions compile in their entire careers beginning in their late teens or early twenties. Amazingly five years ago, boxing experts called upon Bernard to retire after his loss to Joe Calzaghe, citing unnecessary health risks after he’d shown signs of decline not previously seen. What’s even more amazing and eye opening, though, is the list of great champions before him who were seemingly totally spent physically and mentally at much younger ages and with less fights under their belts than he has right now.
The great Muhammad Ali, for example, was ten years younger than Bernard is right now when he was completely overcome by Larry Holmes in 1980 in a fight that when people recall it now they refer to Ali as “ancient at 38.” (continue reading…)
By Juan C. Ayllon
BROOKLYN, NY – If Bernard Hopkins would have just stood still so he could hit him squarely and often, Tavoris Cloud might still be champ.
However, like a kid making the move to little league from T-ball – where the baseball sits atop a tee for the batter to hit – Cloud took on a challenge at a whole new level on March 9th at the Barclays Center. (continue reading…)