This Saturday night, from the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey; the 48 year old light heavyweight champion and future hall-of-famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (53-6-2 32 KOs), will look to turn back the clock once again. He will be putting his IBF title on the line against the rugged German, Karo Murat (25-1-1 15 KOs). This will Hopkins’ first defense of the IBF title, which he won off Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud, earlier this year.
The opponent is new, although the story will be the same; can the 48 year old Hopkins once again beat a young hungry fighter who is more than 20 years his junior? Although, on paper, Murat looks to be Hopkins easiest opponent in many years, you can never forget that at 48, anything can happen.
Should Hopkins get past Murat this weekend, his future, albeit an obviously short one, will be full of interesting match ups. Title unification’s will loom as Beibut Shumenov is now promoted by Goldenboy, also light heavyweight king Adonis “Superman” Stevenson has made it perfectly clear that he wants a crack at the aging legend. Although, the most intriguing fight on the horizon doesn’t take place in the division which Hopkins has competed that past few years, it would require a return to the middleweight division, which Hopkins ruled for more than a decade. There has been talk, although the seriousness is still in question, of a possible Mayweather vs Hopkins showdown taking place at middleweight.
All of these fights are only speculation at this point, because without a victory this weekend; Hopkins may find himself without any dance partners.
Look for official predictions for this weekend’s fights later in the week.