Karo Murat has never fought in the U.S. up to now and has fought more than half of his fights in his native Germany, so he is not exactly a household name. But he claims he’s going to be the fighter who finally convinces Bernard Hopkins it’s time to hang up the gloves.
Hopkins, 48, is the oldest man to win a world title. When Hopkins takes on Murat on July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime), he’ll be making the first defense of the light heavyweight belt he won with a decision over Tavoris Cloud in March.
Murat apparently is unfazed by stepping into the ring with a boxing legend.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Murat said. “I’m so happy to have this opportunity. Bernard Hopkins has nothing else to prove and this will be the first fight in my career where I have nothing to lose. I can only win against Hopkins and I plan on retiring him. His biggest strength is his experience, but I will reveal his weaknesses at Barclays Center in front of his own fans. I will be in the best shape of my life and will snatch his belt from under his nose.”
Hopkins is 53-6-2 with 32 knockouts. Murat, 29, is 25-1-1 with 15 knockouts.