There is a school of thought out and about which says that if things are going poorly for Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night in AC, he will hit the eject button.

I heard a member of Team Kovalev talking about the possibility that Hopkins might pull an ACL, or something along those lines, rather than accept an impending fate delivered by the fists of Kovalev.

What about it, Kathy Duva, think there is the possibility that the wily vet goes ultra wily vet and pulls the plug early?

“No,” she told me at Gleason's Gym, the venerable Brooklyn institution, on Tuesday afternoon. “I think he's thinking about his legacy heavily, and I don't think he wants to go out rolling around on the floor. Of course we've thought about it. But I can't control what Bernard Hopkins does, but even then, my guy is still gonna get his hand raised, and he's gonna have three belts.”

Duva said all possibilities have been considered, and that she's seen a 19 minute video of Hopkins engaged in some of the less savory aspect of the Queensberry practice. She believes that his legacy is at an all-time high, bigger than when he was a middleweight monster, and thus, he wouldn't want to go that route. Some theorized that Hopkins didn't like the vibe in his first fight with Chad Dawson, and willed an occurence to affect the outcome before the worm turned.

This is boxing, where we expect that the theater will include something unexpected, so I'm guessing that somehow, we will see something we didn't expect or consider come Saturday night.

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-Radam G :

PLEASE! He doesn't need an "eject button" against the latest hype-up boogie monster. S-Ko is gone to be expose. The Alien's elements of bad weather of change blindness and inattentional blindness are going to turn S-Ko into a basket case. Dude is going to be so out of place. Team S-Ko has a lot of wishful thinking and fantasy hoping that Team Alien is believing what the haters, vaporers and know nothings are believing. When have you last saw S-Ko in a serious scrap? That's what I thought. Not EVER! Fighting just soft and just above bums, S-Ko has been clever. Now his arse is at a different level. And you will see the results of outta him, the Alien beating the devil. Holla!


-amayseng :

I believe the goal is for Bhop to get ahead on the cards from the start, put a little worry into the Russian killer and have him become desperate and fight out of his element. I truly think KK is a top tier fighter and will put up a very good fight, it will be a very close yet clear win for Hopkins.


-The Commish :

I believe the goal is for Bhop to get ahead on the cards from the start, put a little worry into the Russian killer and have him become desperate and fight out of his element. I truly think KK is a top tier fighter and will put up a very good fight, it will be a very close yet clear win for Hopkins.
I think Kovalev will be fighting out of his element from the start. I can't believe there are some who are anticipating that B-Hop will push the "EJECT" button if things get tough. Get tough? B-Hop knows all about tough. hat does Kovalev know from tough fights? Has he been hurt? Has he been tired? Has he been pushed? Not at all. Remember one of boxing history's hardest punchers--George Foreman--teeing off on Ali and getting nothing but tired? Do you think that the jab to the midsection which dropped Blake Capariello is going to put a dent in B-Hop? If you do, stop thinking that! Fighters are human, and all humans have pain threshholds. Some have a much greater threshhold that many of their colleagues. Any fighter can push that "EJECT" button at any time. A broken nose. A shattered jaw. A fractured rib. A broken hand. Any fighter can be B-Hop. Or Kovalev. In fact, I would think Kovalev would be more susceptible to bailing out, especially in a rough, dirty fight, one in which he is cut, bruised battered and getting nowhere throwing all his power at B-Hop. If B-Hop can "EJECT," so can Kovalev. If there is a stoppage, however, I think the loser will accept his fate and go out on his shield. If the fight ends on a TKO, it won't be because one of them pushes the "EJECT" button. It will be because referee David Fields understands bravery in the ring, and doesn't want to see one of them get too brave! -Randy G.


-amayseng :

I think Kovalev will be fighting out of his element from the start. I can't believe there are some who are anticipating that B-Hop will push the "EJECT" button if things get tough. Get tough? B-Hop knows all about tough. hat does Kovalev know from tough fights? Has he been hurt? Has he been tired? Has he been pushed? Not at all. Remember one of boxing history's hardest punchers--George Foreman--teeing off on Ali and getting nothing but tired? Do you think that the jab to the midsection which dropped Blake Capariello is going to put a dent in B-Hop? If you do, stop thinking that! Fighters are human, and all humans have pain threshholds. Some have a much greater threshhold that many of their colleagues. Any fighter can push that "EJECT" button at any time. A broken nose. A shattered jaw. A fractured rib. A broken hand. Any fighter can be B-Hop. Or Kovalev. In fact, I would think Kovalev would be more susceptible to bailing out, especially in a rough, dirty fight, one in which he is cut, bruised battered and getting nowhere throwing all his power at B-Hop. If B-Hop can "EJECT," so can Kovalev. If there is a stoppage, however, I think the loser will accept his fate and go out on his shield. If the fight ends on a TKO, it won't be because one of them pushes the "EJECT" button. It will be because referee David Fields understands bravery in the ring, and doesn't want to see one of them get too brave! -Randy G.
I agree, the last thing Hopkins has is a weak mind. It is his mentality and dedication that is the reasoning for where he is today.


-The Shadow :

Here's what Kovalev's trainer will say in the cab on the way home at about 1 am.
->http://youtu.be/hXRUihqLRmY?t=6s


-The Shadow :

I just found this breakdown of Kovalev in a fight I actually mentioned earlier. I like it and it showcases some of his underrated abilities. What do you guys think?


-Radam G :

All the doubters and he-is-get-going-to-get-knock-out shouters, HOLLA
->http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=eUVP7xpZBSI. Holla!


-amayseng :

I just found this breakdown of Kovalev in a fight I actually mentioned earlier. I like it and it showcases some of his underrated abilities. What do you guys think?
like I said earlier about this fight and what everyone was/is overlooking about Kov Timing timing and more timing