Murat talks Hopkins, wants Cleverly rematch on neutral ground

Phil Jay 21/04/2013

IBF light-heavyweight title challenger Karo Murat has no doubts that he can capitalize on the flaws of an aged Bernard Hopkins on July 27 and become the world champion on American soil.

The German, who has just one defeat on his record in 27 contests, has been put forward as mandatory to the oldest world title holder of all time in the summer and intends to take full advantage of the opportunity.

“This is going to be my biggest, maybe career-defining fight,” Murat told World Boxing News.

“I have watched some of Hopkins fights and I will be well prepared when facing him inside the ring. I will be aware of his actions and make him pay for his mistakes, which he will definitely make when he is facing me.”

Once victorious and with the IBF belt in his possession, the 29 year-old will then focus his attention on avenging his only loss to WBO title holder Nathan Cleverly after the Welshman retained his crown last night.

“I would like to get revenge against him, but on neutral ground,” explained Murat.

“The first fight just wasn’t my night but I know that I can beat him if I get a fair shake in a rematch.”