Bernard Hopkins/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
The site has been set for the Nov. 8 light heavyweight title-unification fight between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, and the winner is Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Golden Boy Promotions has announced.
Ageless wonder Hopkins, 49, of Philadelphia, holds two of the four major belts. Kovalev, of Russia, has one. Their bout – staged by Golden Boy Promotions along with Main Events Inc. – will be televised by HBO.
“Atlantic City is a second home to me,” said Hopkins, who will be 50 on Jan. 15. “Some of my most memorable victories and greatest accomplishments of my career have taken place there, including my fights against Antonio Tarver and Kelly Pavlik.”
Hopkins is 55-6-2 with 32 knockouts. He has not had a knockout victory in 10 years, or since he stopped Oscar De La Hoya in the ninth round in September 2004 in Las Vegas.
Kovalev, on the other hand, has been a wrecking machine. He is 25-0-1 with 23 knockouts. He has six first-round knockouts, 10 in the second round.
“I am happy to be back in Atlantic City,” said Kovalev, 31. “This is my third time fighting here, but this is the most special because this time I am facing the legendary Bernard Hopkins.”
Bernard Hopkins/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
Providing Sergey Kovalev successfully defends his light heavyweight title Saturday night against Blake Caparello at Revel Resort in Atlantic City (on HBO), Kovalev will next take on fellow champion Bernard Hopkins in a title-unification bout sometime in November in either Atlantic City or New York City, according to reports out of several outlets.
Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) is 49 and will be 50 Jan. 15. The hard-hitting Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs), of Russia, is 31.
Manny Pacquiao (left) and Brandon Rios pose at a news conference ahead of their Nov. 24 fight that took place in Macau, China/Photo by Associated Press
Brandon Rios of Oxnard has lost his past two fights, and that’s enough to ruin anyone’s groove. It almost doesn’t matter that the two losses came to a good fighter in Mike Alvarado and a Hall of Fame fighter like Manny Pacquiao. Bottom line is, Rios can ill-afford a third consecutive defeat when he takes on Diego Gabriel Chaves of Argentina in the welterweight main event Aug. 2 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (on HBO).
He knows that.
“It’s do or die for me and I will do what I have to do to win this fight,” said Rios, 28, and a former lightweight world champion.
After losing handily to Pacquiao by eight, 10 and 12 points on the scorecards, Rios might have taken on an easier opponent than Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), who took tough Keith Thurman to 10 rounds before being stopped by Thurman in his only loss last July 27 in San Antonio.
Rios wanted noting resembling a patsy, though.
“I know I could have fought an easier opponent, but I want to show everyone what I am still capable of doing against a top level guy," he said.
Rios is 31-2-1 with 23 knockouts.
Chaves, 28, is ranked as high as the No. 6 welterweight by one governing body. Rios is unranked.
Daniel Geale and his promoter Gary Shaw (right)/Photo by Associated Press
You really have to like a guy who has the attitude of Daniel Geale as he prepares to challenge the very dangerous Gennady Golovkin for his middleweight championship Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City (on HBO).
Geale was asked during a recent conference call to explain what it is about Golovkin that makes him want to fight him so badly. His response was classic.
“To be honest, Gennady has got titles and I want titles,” said Geale, a former world champion. “That’s my main goal here. I want to fight the best fighters and I want to win some titles and there is only one way to do that, whether he has a great record or not. You have to get in there and test yourself against the best fighters in the world.”
Exactly what you want to hear from a world-class fighter heading into the lion’s den that is the heavy-handed Golovkin, who is 29-0 with 26 knockouts.
Geale is 30-2 with 16 knockouts. He lost his title to Darren Barker via split-decision in August 2013. He has fought once since and stopped Garth Wood after six rounds in February in his native Australia.
Terence Crawford/photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa both made weight Friday for their lightweight title fight Saturday night in Crawford’s native Omaha, Neb. Crawford weighed in at 134.8 pounds, just under the 135-pound limit. Gamboa came in at 134.4 pounds.
Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) will be making the first defense of his title. Gamboa, of Cuba, has the identical record of 23-0 with 16 knockouts. The two will square off at CenturyLink Center and their fight will be televised on HBO.
HBO this Saturday will show a replay of the welterweight title fight this past Saturday between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was televised on HBO’s pay-per-view arm.
Pacquiao took the title by winning a unanimous decision over Bradley to avenge the controversial split-decision loss he took at the hands of Bradley in June 2012. Pacquiao on Saturday won by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
HBO will also replay the fight twice on Sunday.
Manny Pacquiao weighed 145 pounds and Timothy Bradley 145 1/2 at Friday’s weigh-in at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The two will tangle for Bradley’s welterweight title Saturday (on HBO pay-per-view).
This is a rematch of their June 2012 fight that was won in controversial fashion by Bradley, who was judged the split-decision winner.
The 15-minute documentary entitled “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” will debut April 19 on HBO. It will preview the upcoming May 17 welterweight title-unification fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver that will take place at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood.
HBO will televised the Top Rank Inc. fight from the venue in which Marquez made his bones in the 1990s.
The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).
Tickets for the May 17 welterweight title-elimination fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver go on sale Tuesday (April 1) at noon.
They are priced at $35, $75, $150, $250 and $400 and can be purchased at the Forum box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com.
Anyone purchasing a ticket for $75 or $150 between Noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 1) will receive a complimentary companion ticket with a limit of six purchased tickets per order.
Marquez-Alvarado will be televised by HBO.
Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) made his bones at the Forum in the 1990s on his way to becoming one of Mexico’s legendary fighters. Alvarado is 34-2 with 23 knockouts.
The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).
Promoter Bob Arum is staging the April 12 rematch between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view). Their first fight – in June 2012 at the same place – ended in controversy when Bradley was judged a split-decision winner over Pacquiao in a fight Pacquiao appeared to have won by as many as four points.
Arum recently was asked if this rematch coming later rather than sooner was a good thing. Both fighters have had two fights since that first go-round.
“Because of the controversy in the first fight, if we had done an immediate rematch I think most of the time being spent by the media would have been on ‘Was the first fight fixed?’ therefore getting a second fight, and now you don’t hear any of that because obviously the fighters went on to do their thing against other opponents. Now we have a great fight and there is no adverse commentary as to any kind of manipulation in the first fight.”
Pacquiao, 35, is 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts. Bradley, 30, is 31-0 with 12 knockouts.