Abel Sanchez, who can talk a pretty good game in addition to being a well-respected tutor who's overseen multiple champs, including Terry Norris, and now Triple G, Gennady Golovkin, checked in with TSS when apprised of Bernard Hopkins' comments at Gleason's Gym on Wednesday. B-Hop hinted heavily that he wasn't capitulating to Father Time, and said he'd announce before his Jan. 15th 50th birthday if he would, or would not, continue to play this most dangerous trade. Hopkins said he'd need an XL challenge, and wouldn't accept being a “check” fighter, one fighting for just moolah, or a steppingstone. So, what sort of challeneg would excite him? Golovkin was a name he mentioned, a couple times.
So I asked Sanchez about that matchup, the 175 pound ace Hopkins who looked a bit faded his last time out, admittedly against a hammerfisted technician, in Sergey Kovalev, up against the 160 pound ace, another hammerfisted technician, Kovalev.
“It would be an interesting fight, especially when the bigger fighter, Hopkins, couldn't knock out Triple G,” Sanchez told me. “If Hopkins is serious he needs to call (promoter) Tom Loeffler, and not talk on social media. Gennady will hopefully fight in late April or Mayif everything goes as planned (against Martin Murray) on Feb. 21.”
Some might worry the elder hitter might be truly biting off more than his aged molars can chew.
What about it Abel, could Hopkins hack it?
“Hopkins has defied the odds and proved the so called experts wrong,” Sanchez said. “It may have been that 175 was too much for him, and he may think 168 is best suited for him today. Tell him to call Tom!”
Hopkins said at Gleason's that he wants to be a role model for fighters stepping up, ignoring risk averse manager's call to sit it out until a gimme match is found for them. He said he's an OG, who is willing to go out on his shield, in fact. “Well, then Triple G should grant him his wish,” Sanchez said.
I'm curious, folks, how do you view that theoretical scrap. They'd find a catch-weight, maybe 168, and what would occur. Would the move up in weight lessen some of that Triple G pop? Or would he still be too heavy-fisted for the Philly wizard? Talk to me!
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