Bernard Hopkins predicts knockout ending to Stiverne v Wilder

Phil D. Jay 17/01/2015

Celebrating his 50th birthday during fight week activities, veteran boxing champion Bernard Hopkins is confident that fans will be treated to an early finish at the MGM Grand on Saturday night.

As Bermane Stiverne nears the first defence of his WBC heavyweight title against undefeated challenger Deontay Wilder, ‘The Alien’ has welcomed the return of a massive top division clash to US shores and is looking forward to an explosive contest.

“We know that the drought in the heavyweight division has gone on long enough and I believe that this Saturday, whoever wins this is going to be talked about,” said Hopkins. “I don’t see this going 12 rounds. This is good for boxing.”

Hopkins, who recently lost his world titles to Sergey Kovalev, also revealed his pleasure at the fact that these kind of huge fights can be made in his home country and hopes this recent trend continues into the future.

“I’m here in Las Vegas, (celebrating) my 50th birthday, I get to be here sharing it with Don King and all of you in this sport that I passionately love so much.

“This is about a sport that gave me a second chance in life. I put the challenge out to everyone in the sport, let’s do what is right for the people who buy our sport.”

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