The Executioner Returns


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.


6 thoughts on “The Executioner Returns

  1. The only way I would tune in to this is to watch the undercards, if there are any. Bhop doesn’t fight any more, he just cons people. How can anyone in their right mind watch this bout, unless it is to see Bhop knocked silly. ShowBox is doing their fan base a disservice by carrying his fights.

    • I agree with you that Bhop is not that entertaining of a fighter. Although, with that being said, by no means is Showtime doing a disservice by carrying the fight. It is a historic fight, a 48 year old living legend defending the light heavyweight title. Also the under-card looks to be very, very exciting. Deontay Wilder is the most exciting American heavyweight in a long, long time. He has power, he is big and he can punch. Also Peter Quillin vs Gabe Rosado is an action packed fight. Either man could win, but Quillin is the rightful favorite. Jack, you should def tune in this weekend, will be a very solid weekend of fights. I much prefer this weekend (3 solid fights) to the HBO card next week; which is just 1 mismatch of a fight.

      • I will definitely tune in for the undercards. I like Quillin and it’s always fun to watch a big punching heavyweight. Thanks for the head’s up.

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