He lost, and lost badly, but wasn’t diminished in defeat so much as he was forced to confront a physical reality he’s spent so long defying. But will even that shopworn version of the legend show up tonight? Hopkins vs Kovalev is valid for the WBA, IBF and WBO World light heavyweight titles. Prognosticators try to learn from their mistakes, and this, more than any other reason, is why so many people, including myself, picked Hopkins to beat a younger man with frightening physical ability. The bout’s most exciting round was doubtlessly the final one when Kovalev, though he clearly didn’t need a knockout to win, attempted to force a stoppage and Hopkins refused to go down. Kovalev employed his fight plan beautifully and showed he can substantiate his natural gifts with restraint. It has been two years... Aside from Joe Louis, the above legends who badly lost to much younger, fresher opponents had been fairly inactive heading into those bouts, like Hopkins. It didn’t make for an exciting fight, for after the first knockdown it settled into a mostly sedate pace, but Kovalev shut Hopkins out, and continued to do so late in the fight when it was believed the “Alien” would exercise greater influence. He had knocked out his previous nine opponents, and in one horrible and non-apocryphal instance, Kovalev had inflicted such damage on a European opponent, Roman Simakov, that Simakov later passed away from his injuries. Results were: There are no user comments for this listing. In the first round, the “Alien” received a dose of brutal reality when, with one minute left, Kovalev backed him into the corner where his counter right found the left side of Hopkins’s head. Kovalev vs. Hopkins On 22 August 2014, it was confirmed that a fight between Kovalev and 49 year old Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) would take place on 8 November 2014, in a unification bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Sergey Kovalev is the world’s best light heavyweight, but where he goes now is uncertain. By refusing to fight ugly, Kovalev neutralized any chance Hopkins had of mounting offense. People have often been wrong about Bernard Hopkins. They’ve underestimated his talent and will, and he’s made them look foolish. Known in years past as "Sin City" and "Babylon on the St. Lawrence", it saw more than its share of ring legends over the decades. A Showdown Between Bernard Hopkins & Sergey Kovalev - YouTube In 2014’s most anticipated fight, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev easily outfought Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins at Boardwalk Hall, earning a unanimous decision victory as he snatched three of the four major light heavyweight belts. 2014 MMA fight – Warlley Alves vs Alan Jouban – fight Video UFC FN 56, 2014 BOXING fight – Amir Mansour vs Fred Kassi – full fight Video, USERS' Kickboxing Fights of the Year 2019, Privacy Policy – Legal Notices – Terms of Use. Bernard Hopkins, meanwhile, refused to divulge his future plans. Is this it for Hopkins?He insists there's no going back after tonight. He was beaten up badly in the twelfth though, and I felt a mixture of sadness and reverence for Hopkins as he struggled to weather Kovalev’s attack. The 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (18 years older than Kovalev) entered this fight with a professional boxing record of 55-6-2 (32 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.4 light heavyweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Adonis Stevenson); he suffered his last defeat in 2012 when he faced Chad Dawson in their rematch (via majority decision, Dawson vs Hopkins 2), after that bout he has won three consecutive fights, the last one against Beibut Shumenov (=Hopkins vs Shumenov).

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