Sauerland open to Hopkins versus Braehmer, Abraham or Kessler

Phil Jay 13/11/2014

The recent news that Bernard Hopkins is to continue his career at super-middleweight following his loss to Sergey Kovalev at the weekend has been welcomed by German promoter Kalle Sauerland.

Sauerland, who handles the careers of two world champions at 168lbs, has exclusively told WBN that he will be offering the evergreen Hopkins the chance to fight for another world title at the ripe old age of 50.

Hopkins lost his unified titles at 175lbs to Russian Kovalev via a wide points decision in Atlantic City and reaches his next age milestone in January. In moving down to the lower limit, the Philadelphian has opened the door to an instant chance to regain his champion status and has plenty of options open to him.

Having skipped the 168lb division altogether when leaving behind his long reign at middleweight, Hopkins has the opportunity to win a third-weight world championship and Sauerland is keen to see ‘The Alien’ in the ring with one of his current belt holders.

Juergen Brahmer holds the WBA title, whilst Arthur Abraham is in possession of the WBO version, both of whom could be pitched to Hopkins’ promoters Golden Boy – along with a match-up against former ruler Mikkel Kessler.

“We will be reaching out to Hopkins and his team to discuss a bout between Abraham, Braehmer or Kessler as we are open to all three fights,” Sauerland informed World Boxing News on Thursday.

“All these opportunities could be discussed and I am sure all three would make great fights, either in Germany or the United States.

“Bernard is a great fighter and when he retires will be remembered as a legend in the sport. Outside the ring he has become a gentleman and it would be a honor to see him fight for another world title against one of our fighters,” he added.

Braehmer has an upcoming defense against Pawel Glazewski that he would have to come through before any Hopkins talks could begin, whilst Abraham is being linked to a February return with Paul Smith.

It’s public knowledge that Kessler is on the lookout for a big name for his comeback from losing to Carl Froch, although that fight – however lucrative and mouth-watering, would not offer Hopkins the world title shot he craves.

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