Attention has been fixed on the long list of achievements Bernard Hopkins can boast of this week, but trainer Naazim Richardson says his fighter has to be weary of being on the wrong end of a bad beating.
As 49 year-old Hopkins nears the toughest challenge of his career against knockout artist Sergey Kovalev on November 8, the respected coach commented that the last thing he wants is for ‘The Alien’ to experience is a one-sided reverse at this stage of his career.
“You can’t be undedicated in this job, you have to be in there and be a part of everything. We’re dealing with a freak of nature in Kovalev, he might be the hardest puncher in the history of boxing, we’ll see,” stated Richardson.
“The only thing Bernard hasn’t done in this sport is lose badly, so I told him to get out of this sport before he does everything. But he proved me wrong because then he beat Pavlik and Pascal and all of the other guys.”
Hopkins has six losses on his record through 65 contests in a 26-year career, but has never been stopped, something Kovalev will be hell bent on achieving when the two collide at the Boardwalk Hall.
Alien vs. Krusher: Hopkins vs. Kovalev” is a 12-round unification bout for the IBF, WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight World titles, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Corona Extra, AT&T, Hortitsia Vodka and Mexico, Live it To Believe It!. Ali vs. Abregu is a 10-round bout for the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Title promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank. The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50, plus applicable fees and service charges, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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