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Kovalev To Hopkins: "Any Time, Any Place!"

BY Michael Woods ON July 08, 2014
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Good stuff coming from Main Events, from promoter Kathy Duva and her guy Sergey Kovalev, who is not going to quit signaling his desire to fight the top dogs in and around his weight class.

Bernard Hopkins recently made noise about his willingness to fight Sergey Kovalev, and so Duva and Kovalev are taking the ball Hopkins tossed, and running with it.

I find it interesting to hear from Hopkins something you just about never do...him considering the possibility that he could lose, and even that he could be knocked out.

Check out the release which Main Events sent out today, Tuesday, and note that it appears Duva went into "out up or shut up mode" after Hopkins said he'd be willing to fight Krusher, and reached out to B-Hop's people, only to be told that the state of transition at Golden Boy is keeping Hopkins from negotiating his next step.

It is clear that Duva isn't backing down from her recent flurrying of speaking truth to power, and agitating, in contentious fashion if neccessary, to get top-notch fights for her 175 pound banger. Makes sense, as Kovalev wants the stiffest tests, and is risking a momentum stall with back to back fights against sub-marquee names, in Cedric Agnew, and now Blake Caparello.

Readers, check out this release, and then weigh in with your analysis of the situation.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL: As Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) prepares to defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against Blake "Il Capo" Caparello on August 2nd on HBO Boxing After Dark from Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, the media is buzzing about the possibility of a unification fight between Krusher and IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs).

 Krusher

"Krusher"

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

In a recent interview with BoxingScene.com, Hopkins called out Kovalev saying, "I got two titles and a legacy. What's Kovalev got? A punch and a WBO title - let's do it." He added, "The perception is, is that Kovalev is a killer and [Adonis] Stevenson doesn't want to fight him, he wants to fight an old man. If that's the case, I'll knock off Kovalev first, because I believe that I can beat him. I believe that he's a tough fight, but I believe that I can beat him. It's a fight where if I make a mistake I can get knocked out. And yeah Bernard Hopkins can get knocked out too, and so can Kovalev and so can Stevenson, who's been knocked out once in his career."

Hopkins, of course, is referring to the planned title unification fight on HBO between WBO Champion Kovalev and WBC Champion Adonis Stevenson, which was scuttled when Stevenson and his Promoter chose to take a path avoiding Kovalev. That decision is now the subject of ongoing litigation.

Kovalev

Kovalev

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Kovalev was predictably peeved when Stevenson called off their planned fight. He would especially relish the opportunity to face the legendary Hopkins before Stevenson gets the chance, though he remains circumspect. Kovalev said, "All I want to do is fight the best. I wanted to fight Stevenson but he ran away. I would get in the ring with Bernard Hopkins right now! Any time, any place! But who knows? Maybe he's just trying to get more money from Showtime? So, I am focused on preparing for my fight on HBO on August 2nd and after we'll see if Hopkins will really get in the ring with me."

Kovalev vs. Agnew

Kovalev vs. Agnew

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva added, "After reading Bernard's comments to BoxingScene.com, I immediately reached out to all of the parties potentially involved on the Hopkins side to try to make the fight happen. But what I heard from all of them is 'I don't know,' including when I asked who would represent Bernard in negotiations. If Bernard Hopkins truly wants to fight Sergey Kovalev, I know we can make a deal. Like Sergey, we will focus on our preparations for his title fight against Blake Caparello on August 2nd, while Hopkins sorts out his promotional situation."

About Kovalev vs. Caparello:The WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) is onSaturday, August 2nd at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic, City, NJ. The fight will be telecast as part of a split-site triple-header on HBO Boxing After Darkbeginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT. The event is presented by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets prices are $55, $80, $160 and $250. They are available at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Doors open at6:30 PM and the HBO Boxing After Dark special triple header split site telecast begins at 9:45 PM.

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deepwater2 says:

When this guy tells Hopkins - Any Time! Any Place! I believe him

oubobcat says:

When this guy tells Hopkins - Any Time! Any Place! I believe him


I agree and think his promoter would do anything as well to make the fight.

Here is the thing...if Hopkins is serious, something can get worked out. I would be much more interested at this point in a Hopkins-Kovalev fight than a Hopkins-Stevenson fight. Ultimately, I think Hopkins takes on Stevenson first.

amayseng says:

Hopkins beats A.S., but Kovalev I am just not sure, I think Kovalev may beat Hopkins.....

oubobcat says:

Hopkins beats A.S., but Kovalev I am just not sure, I think Kovalev may beat Hopkins.....


I not only think Hopkins beats Stevenson but does so with relative ease. There are some glaring weaknesses in Stevenson's game and Hopkins sees this. That's why ultimately Hopkins will go in that direction at least before entertaining the idea of a Kovalev fight.

As for Kovalev, I agree and would pick Kovalev to beat Hopkins. I think Kovalev has an excellent chance of knocking Hopkins out as a matter of fact.

Radam G says:

I not only think Hopkins beats Stevenson but does so with relative ease. There are some glaring weaknesses in Stevenson's game and Hopkins sees this. That's why ultimately Hopkins will go in that direction at least before entertaining the idea of a Kovalev fight.

As for Kovalev, I agree and would pick Kovalev to beat Hopkins. I think Kovalev has an excellent chance of knocking Hopkins out as a matter of fact.


Nobody knocks out B-Hop. In a dance with Kovalev, B-Hop will come out on top. He'd bust Kovalev upside the head and body snatch him. Losing his mind, Kovalev would be on edge. B-Hop would jab and stab and turn and burn and tie Kovalev up inside, walk him. And then stalk him. He'd beat Kavalev 9 rounds to 3. Holla!

amayseng says:

Nobody knocks out B-Hop. In a dance with Kovalev, B-Hop will come out on top. He'd bust Kovalev upside the head and body snatch him. Losing his mind, Kovalev would be on edge. B-Hop would jab and stab and turn and burn and tie Kovalev up inside, walk him. And then stalk him. He'd beat Kavalev 9 rounds to 3. Holla!


I agree Hopkins wont be knocked out by anyone.

Kovalev has something people just are not seeing, and that is great timing. Not good, but great timing.

I am up in the air about Kovalev vs a 49 year old master Bhop. Anyone else not named Ward Hopkins beats with relative ease.




Why doesnt Hopkins or Kov pursue a fight with Froch?

the Roast says:

Again you guys fall in love with Hopkinzzz because he is 49.
Bernard said it himself and he is right as rain.
Anyone can get knocked out. At any time. This is the single thing that seperates boxing from other sports or games.
I know, MMA and kickboxing too but pisss on that boxing is first and foremost here.
Kovalev is too strong and too powerful for Hopkins to fend off for twelve rounds.
I think Kovalev will catch the old man at some point, get him hurt, and get him out of there.
Hopkins has fooled me before and he may do it again but my main point is anyone, and I mean ANYONE can get knocked out including your 49 year old hero.

brownsugar says:

Again you guys fall in love with Hopkinzzz because he is 49.
Bernard said it himself and he is right as rain.
Anyone can get knocked out. At any time. This is the single thing that seperates boxing from other sports or games.
I know, MMA and kickboxing too but pisss on that boxing is first and foremost here.
Kovalev is too strong and too powerful for Hopkins to fend off for twelve rounds.
I think Kovalev will catch the old man at some point, get him hurt, and get him out of there.
Hopkins has fooled me before and he may do it again but my main point is anyone, and I mean ANYONE can get knocked out including your 49 year old hero.



Well said Roast.....Kovalev is impervious to the mind games.... war of words.... and latent insecurities that disinegrates the resolve of many Bhop opponents.
He would expose and highlight the 20 year gap in physicality that Bhop hides so well by slowing the tempo and also with his frequent displays of bravado.
He'd rip the superficial veil of competitiveness from those old bones and likely force the fight to a stoppage between rounds with his corner begging him to stop while tossing the white flag of surrender onto a lost cause.

flackoguapo says:

Well said Roast.....Kovalev is impervious to the mind games.... war of words.... and latent insecurities that disinegrates the resolve of many Bhop opponents.
He would expose and highlight the 20 year gap in physicality that Bhop hides so well by slowing the tempo and also with his frequent displays of bravado.
He'd rip the superficial veil of competitiveness from those old bones and likely force the fight to a stoppage between rounds with his corner begging him to stop while tossing the white flag of surrender onto a lost cause.


Super Post. I'm getting sold on Kovalev but I just don't see him worrying much about getting hit. That might not be the most dangerous thing against the stealthy master B-Hop but what about against Froch? I saw it earlier on here somewhere I think,but that would be a FIGHT.

The Shadow says:

Well said Roast.....Kovalev is impervious to the mind games.... war of words.... and latent insecurities that disinegrates the resolve of many Bhop opponents.
He would expose and highlight the 20 year gap in physicality that Bhop hides so well by slowing the tempo and also with his frequent displays of bravado.
He'd rip the superficial veil of competitiveness from those old bones and likely force the fight to a stoppage between rounds with his corner begging him to stop while tossing the white flag of surrender onto a lost cause.


Impervious to mind games?

My good man (you been on a roll lately, dawg, props), keep in mind, Kovalev is the same guy who had to change camps because a middleweight (3G) would beat him up in sparring, which hurt his self esteem.

True story.

Now GGG is no soul taker in the Ward, Rigo, Floyd and B-Hop mold by any stretch of the imagination; you know, the kind who leaves permanent damage on a man's psyche. He's a destroyer. But guess what. People can usually cope with being KTFO from pain. It happens.

But systematic beat downs (see Trinidad, Dawson, Tarver, Hatton)? Taking your will? Mentally imposing yourself on someone? Completely stripping another megalomaniac of his self belief?

Do you know what this does to a man? Especially one who now believes his punching power is of another world?

Trust me, Hopkins will lay so much mental molestation on that boy, it's not even funny. How will he cope once he realizes he's been lied to?

To be quite frank, I wouldn't be shocked if you will literally start to see his hairline recede even further from all the stress induced by B-Hop's mugging and hugging. The clinching. He'll be flinching. The holding and scolding. The butting and cutting. The hypnotizing.

The 50-year-old right hand leads that will keep landing, though he will have no idea why. The fact that this old man is way faster than you. The fact that he can't land. And when he does, he doesn't drop. That the guy is so smart in the ring. There are so many mind f*cking dimensions to this guy, you better have a solid frame of mind before you step in there.

And don't forget, Hopkins ain't scared to stab you in the heart. In fact, he relishes the opportunity to do so. His corner implores him to do so!

By the end of that fight, Sergey Kovalev is going to look like Gorbachev. Or Manu Ginobili. Mixed with the welts and bruises, you're gonna start wondering who's really pushing 50.

As far as the outcome, I think Radam is right. Another uneventful 9-3/8-4 affair where Kovalev won't be able to do to Hopkins what he's done to many others.

Instead of admiring the old man's marvel, disappointingly, people will instead fabricate excuses that take away from what really went down (kinda like the nonsense people spew with Guerrero as he was dismantled by Floyd; as if Floyd didn't have absolutely everything to do with the fact that he couldn't do against him what he did against others).

"He was distracted! He lost his hair! It wasn't the same Kovalev we saw against Cedric The Entertainer!"

No sh*t, Sherlock.

Good fighters fight back. Great fighters nullify advantages. Legends kick your a$$.

Skibbz says:

For some reason everyone's dismissing how dangerous this fight is for a 49 year old Bernard Hopkins. You can help keep your body young, but the body clock still turns. Bernard knows this and his training has changed because he can not do what he used to in his more youthful days.

Sure he has a lot of determination, a very high ring IQ and very sound boxing skills, but he's going in there against a guy who just dropped a very good pugilist with a left jab to the body! I rate Bernard highly on my P4P list, but just because he's up there in my top 5 or 10 doesn't mean he's going to beat someone who ranks below him on that list.

Fights aren't won on paper they're won in the ring. We can paint a relative picture in our minds but many things can happen once you're in the ring. Both Bernard and Kovalev will be determined to win, that's not up for debate. Kovalev has a jab that you guys aren't applauding. It is his most dangerous weapon, it throws any plans you had off the rails. With every slam into your face your will slowly deteriorates, your plan starts to get chucked out of the window. You start to stand more in front of him, start loading your shots more determined to mount a fight back. But what do you get for your efforts? A sledgehammer back hand that will send you to the abyss.

Now if you guys are going to say Bernard is too wily, he wins fights by guile not strength and he won't get hit by the jab let alone the back hand. I disagree, at aged 49 Bernard has performed some small miracle in still winning titles, but now he's going to face another real world champion. This guy won't be intimidated, this guy won't be thrown off course by mind games, and he will come ready to go out on his shield. The Pascal's, Cloud's, Murat's and Shumenov's all fell to those games. Kovalev is serious. He may not currently be a P4P champ but he isn't so easy to beat as you guys are making out.

Not by the furthest stretch.

brownsugar says:

Super Post. I'm getting sold on Kovalev but I just don't see him worrying much about getting hit. That might not be the most dangerous thing against the stealthy master B-Hop but what about against Froch? I saw it earlier on here somewhere I think,but that would be a FIGHT.



Thanks Flackoguapo...

Froch won't even rematch Ward...neither will he confirm any intentions of fighting GGG...I GUARANTEE he won't get within ten city blocks of Kovalev to discuss a potential fight.
(He really shouldn't have to...he can make 167 at the age of 36 with ease)... Froch is hoping to get Chavez Jr.... The same cash cow being targeted by everyone from Ward to GGG to Pascal.

brownsugar says:

Impervious to mind games?

My good man (you been on a roll lately, dawg, props), keep in mind, Kovalev is the same guy who had to change camps because a middleweight (3G) would beat him up in sparring, which hurt his self esteem.

True story.

Now GGG is no soul taker in the Ward, Rigo, Floyd and B-Hop mold by any stretch of the imagination; you know, the kind who leaves permanent damage on a man's psyche. He's a destroyer. But guess what. People can usually cope with being KTFO from pain. It happens.

But systematic beat downs (see Trinidad, Dawson, Tarver, Hatton)? Taking your will? Mentally imposing yourself on someone? Completely stripping another megalomaniac of his self belief?

Do you know what this does to a man? Especially one who now believes his punching power is of another world?

Trust me, Hopkins will lay so much mental molestation on that boy, it's not even funny. How will he cope once he realizes he's been lied to?

To be quite frank, I wouldn't be shocked if you will literally start to see his hairline recede even further from all the stress induced by B-Hop's mugging and hugging. The clinching. He'll be flinching. The holding and scolding. The butting and cutting. The hypnotizing.

The 50-year-old right hand leads that will keep landing, though he will have no idea why. The fact that this old man is way faster than you. The fact that he can't land. And when he does, he doesn't drop. That the guy is so smart in the ring. There are so many mind f*cking dimensions to this guy, you better have a solid frame of mind before you step in there.

And don't forget, Hopkins ain't scared to stab you in the heart. In fact, he relishes the opportunity to do so. His corner implores him to do so!

By the end of that fight, Sergey Kovalev is going to look like Gorbachev. Or Manu Ginobili. Mixed with the welts and bruises, you're gonna start wondering who's really pushing 50.

As far as the outcome, I think Radam is right. Another uneventful 9-3/8-4 affair where Kovalev won't be able to do to Hopkins what he's done to many others.

Instead of admiring the old man's marvel, disappointingly, people will instead fabricate excuses that take away from what really went down (kinda like the nonsense people spew with Guerrero as he was dismantled by Floyd; as if Floyd didn't have absolutely everything to do with the fact that he couldn't do against him what he did against others).

"He was distracted! He lost his hair! It wasn't the same Kovalev we saw against Cedric The Entertainer!"

No sh*t, Sherlock.

Good fighters fight back. Great fighters nullify advantages. Legends kick your a$$.



Great to have you back Shadow....I started to send you a private message....yes Bhop has defied my predictions in the past...I think I'm right this time... Hope he takes the challenge... He would still have my respect win or lose.

brownsugar says:

For some reason everyone's dismissing how dangerous this fight is for a 49 year old Bernard Hopkins. You can help keep your body young, but the body clock still turns. Bernard knows this and his training has changed because he can not do what he used to in his more youthful days.

Sure he has a lot of determination, a very high ring IQ and very sound boxing skills, but he's going in there against a guy who just dropped a very good pugilist with a left jab to the body! I rate Bernard highly on my P4P list, but just because he's up there in my top 5 or 10 doesn't mean he's going to beat someone who ranks below him on that list.

Fights aren't won on paper they're won in the ring. We can paint a relative picture in our minds but many things can happen once you're in the ring. Both Bernard and Kovalev will be determined to win, that's not up for debate. Kovalev has a jab that you guys aren't applauding. It is his most dangerous weapon, it throws any plans you had off the rails. With every slam into your face your will slowly deteriorates, your plan starts to get chucked out of the window. You start to stand more in front of him, start loading your shots more determined to mount a fight back. But what do you get for your efforts? A sledgehammer back hand that will send you to the abyss.

Now if you guys are going to say Bernard is too wily, he wins fights by guile not strength and he won't get hit by the jab let alone the back hand. I disagree, at aged 49 Bernard has performed some small miracle in still winning titles, but now he's going to face another real world champion. This guy won't be intimidated, this guy won't be thrown off course by mind games, and he will come ready to go out on his shield. The Pascal's, Cloud's, Murat's and Shumenov's all fell to those games. Kovalev is serious. He may not currently be a P4P champ but he isn't so easy to beat as you guys are making out.

Not by the furthest stretch.


Nice one Skibbz...Kovalev is a beast.

Radam G says:

It has always been stage, not age, that gets people. And for different folks, different strokes. And it is a big myth that the process of aging happens the same way for all people. The only commonality of humans is death. For a rare amount of us, the only end of anything is because of death.

No way, no how that anybody kayos the present B-Hop. The old master would bust up and clean up Kovalev like a handy, old mop.

Somebody forgot to tell this grannie to pack it in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kxBv3TwkaQ.

And aging is straight-up slow on rolling up on this super grannie:[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UOPQ6gxCow.

Age ain't nothing but a stage and this old super grandmaster will engage:http:[url]www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRuansCVV3U.

OMG! Too many pundits apply general rules to all. But on everyone, you cannot make the same call. There are aliens among us. B-Hop is an "Alien." Kovalev is a plain, old mortal. He's aging quicker than B-Hop. No doubt whatsoever in my mind, B-Hop will have Kovalev tumbling and stumpling around that squared jungle like a BYTCHHHHH!

Kovalev would get so frustrated that he would go "No mas!" Holla!

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=the Roast;57621]Again you guys fall in love with Hopkinzzz because he is 49.
Bernard said it himself and he is right as rain.
Anyone can get knocked out. At any time. This is the single thing that seperates boxing from other sports or games.
I know, MMA and kickboxing too but pisss on that boxing is first and foremost here.
Kovalev is too strong and too powerful for Hopkins to fend off for twelve rounds.
I think Kovalev will catch the old man at some point, get him hurt, and get him out of there.
Hopkins has fooled me before and he may do it again but my main point is anyone, and I mean ANYONE can get knocked out including your 49 year old hero.[/QUOTE]

That's exactly how I see it.

I marvel at what Hopkins has done. He has though picked and chosen fighters whom he knew had flaws that he could exploit on this latest run. None are huge punchers with the skills of Kovalev.

Anyone can get knocked out in this sport. Hopkins is a difficult man to KO, that is true. But Kovalev is a natural Light Heavyweight and carries a massive punch. Remember Hopkins is up from 160. I think Kovalev would be too much for Hopkins at this stage of Hopkins career and the size and power of Kovalev would get to Hopkins.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=the Roast;57621]Again you guys fall in love with Hopkinzzz because he is 49.
Bernard said it himself and he is right as rain.
Anyone can get knocked out. At any time. This is the single thing that seperates boxing from other sports or games.
I know, MMA and kickboxing too but pisss on that boxing is first and foremost here.
Kovalev is too strong and too powerful for Hopkins to fend off for twelve rounds.
I think Kovalev will catch the old man at some point, get him hurt, and get him out of there.
Hopkins has fooled me before and he may do it again but my main point is anyone, and I mean ANYONE can get knocked out including your 49 year old hero.[/QUOTE]

That's exactly how I see it.

I marvel at what Hopkins has done. He has though picked and chosen fighters whom he knew had flaws that he could exploit on this latest run. None are huge punchers with the skills of Kovalev.

Anyone can get knocked out in this sport. Hopkins is a difficult man to KO, that is true. But Kovalev is a natural Light Heavyweight and carries a massive punch. Remember Hopkins is up from 160. I think Kovalev would be too much for Hopkins at this stage of Hopkins career and the size and power of Kovalev would get to Hopkins.

Radam G says:

[QUOTE=oubobcat;57646]That's exactly how I see it.

I marvel at what Hopkins has done. He has though picked and chosen fighters whom he knew had flaws that he could exploit on this latest run. None are huge punchers with the skills of Kovalev.

Anyone can get knocked out in this sport. Hopkins is a difficult man to KO, that is true. But Kovalev is a natural Light Heavyweight and carries a massive punch. Remember Hopkins is up from 160. I think Kovalev would be too much for Hopkins at this stage of Hopkins career and the size and power of Kovalev would get to Hopkins.[/QUOTE]

Hehehe! Anyone can be hit by a plane falling out of the sky. You can be walking on the sidewalk, and the earth around you start sinking in.

You can be sitting in your house, watching a B-Hop beat down and a sinkhole swallows up your house. It is just a figure of speech. "Anyone can get knocked out in this sport," but it doesn't mean a hill of beans for everybody. Nobody is going to knock out B-Hop. And, beating him IMHO, Kovalev is at the bottom of the list, not at the top.

Boxing is a highly mental sport. Kovalev is a mental wuzzy. Those in da loop knows the poop. Even Kovalev's trainer John David Jackson -- who used to help train B-Hop -- will advise Kovalev to just talk about it to keep to his name out there, but don't be "'bout it bout it" yet. For him, too many traps B-Hop will set.

One's lying eyes can sell him any optical illusion, but that real contusion, his arse will get. Holla!

the Roast says:

So now Hop is some kind of otherworldly ninja who can't be beat? Can't be knocked out? Nonsense. Bernard was just UDed by Chad Dawson a few years back. He can be out worked, and it will happen.

deepwater2 says:

It is hard to bet against Hopkins even at this age but Time waits for no man. One day Time will run out for Bernard's boxing journey and he will walk into right into the Hall of Fame. Is now the time? Hopkins has been outworked before. Besides Dawson, Jermaine Taylor did it twice. Pascal did it up in Canada. Joe Calzaghe did it. Hopkins is a master of psychological warfare. He taunted Joe C with racist taunts but Joe C never let it into his head. Hopkins gets into everyone's head but he couldn't with Joe C.

Can Kovalev beat Hopkins? Maybe.

Will it be fun to watch? I hope so.

Would boxing fans tune in? Yes!

I don't think Hopkins can get into Kovalev's head. Why? Language barrier. Just like Maidana doesn't care about anything Mayweather says or does I don't think Kovalev would notice too much and would let his fists do the talking in the ring. Make the fight. The winner is the best Light Heavy in the world.

Radam G says:

[QUOTE=the Roast;57658]So now Hop is some kind of otherworldly ninja who can't be beat? Can't be knocked out? Nonsense. Bernard was just UDed by Chad Dawson a few years back. He can be out worked, and it will happen.[/QUOTE]

There has been and always will be boxers that you cannot KNOCKOUT -- put them down for a 10 count. And that is a fact JACK! They will not be counted out on their front, side or back.

Even near a century-old Jake LaMotta or my 114-year-old Tio Mamoy don't play that. You might be lucky to get away from them with your cojones. Or you will beat them to death. They will not be KTFO.

Jake LaM is always ready [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5FEkLl8KOU.

Holla at this Cuban [url]http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=a8ndi46Y2ZE whose "young arse" wanna come to the P-Islands and challenge Tio Mamoy to a race up a coconut tree. Tio will kick his arse. And they are both from planet REALITY-STRONG-BELIEVING earth.

Sorry my posting mates and scribes. There is a BIG world out there with the actuality of the reality that you are not always aware of, so you dismiss it as jive-turkey fantasy. Maybe because you forget what boxing represents: a metaphor for "the theatre of the unexpected" of real life.

Old in some parts aren't old everywhere. I'm riding with "The Alien" SPECIAL Kicka$$er B-Hop. Until age 60 he may still be on top. Holla!

brownsugar says:

[QUOTE=deepwater2;57660]It is hard to bet against Hopkins even at this age but Time waits for no man. One day Time will run out for Bernard's boxing journey and he will walk into right into the Hall of Fame. Is now the time? Hopkins has been outworked before. Besides Dawson, Jermaine Taylor did it twice. Pascal did it up in Canada. Joe Calzaghe did it. Hopkins is a master of psychological warfare. He taunted Joe C with racist taunts but Joe C never let it into his head. Hopkins gets into everyone's head but he couldn't with Joe C.

Can Kovalev beat Hopkins? Maybe.

Will it be fun to watch? I hope so.

[/QUOTE]

Deep,......I like your comment about the language barrier, I'd like to interpreted that as a "cultural barrier", ......while BHOP had a stint in prison and was once on the wrong side of the tracks. These eastern bloc guys have had to endure some crazy stuff as well, it's like trying to scare the immigrants who open up their carry outs in the dangerous low-income side of town. The average Joe thinks they're crazy. But they come from a place where see literally see more death in a day than we will ever see in a 10 years. These immigrants will open up a store in the ghetto and think they're in heaven compared to where they came from.

Eventually it all comes down to boxing skills, but as an added bonus to Kovalev, BHOP can't get into the head of someone who already knows the harsh reality of life from personal experience. Krytonite don't work on humans.

Radam G says:

[QUOTE=brownsugar;57696]Deep,......I like your comment about the language barrier, I'd like to interpreted that as a "cultural barrier", ......while BHOP had a stint in prison and was once on the wrong side of the tracks. These eastern bloc guys have had to endure some crazy stuff as well, it's like trying to scare the immigrants who open up their carry outs in the dangerous low-income side of town. The average Joe thinks they're crazy. But they come from a place where the average person witnesses more death in a day than we will ever see in a 10 years. These immigrants will open up a store in the ghetto and think they're in heaven compared to where they came from.

Eventually it all comes down to boxing skills, but as an added bonus to Kovalev, BHOP can't get into the head of someone who already knows the harsh realities of life from personal experience. Krytonite don't work on humans.[/QUOTE]

Danggit! You killed that one. And for the future, I have to steal that: "Krytonite don't work on humans."

You so right about not knowing the culture. I remember when I first came to the U.S. mainland to stay on a permanent basis. I've told this story before, so I'll just going to the chase now.

Older, bigger American kids, talking smack to me for walking through the ghettos, Barrios, and trailer parks of Oakland, Los Angeles or San Diego had no effect on me because I didn't know the deal and that I was suppose to be scare of them. And when I learned what time it was, I had whupped so many @$$es that I was accepted as one of the boys! "The Fighting Funky Filipino" -- 3F. Hehehe!

B-Hop will be able shake up Kovalev with savvy roughhousing and clinching ans stealth punching only. This where I believe that he will surprise Kovalev. Just literally doing the "theatre of the unexpected." Holla!

brownsugar says:

[QUOTE=Radam G;57698]Danggit! You killed that one. And for the future, I have to steal that: "Krytonite don't work on humans."

You so right about not knowing the culture. I remember when I first came to the U.S. mainland to stay on a permanent basis. I've told this story before, so I'll just going to the chase now.

Older, bigger American kids, talking smack to me for walking through the ghettos, Barrios, and trailer parks of Oakland, Los Angeles or San Diego had no effect on me because I didn't know the deal and that I was suppose to be scare of them. And when I learned what time it was, I had whupped so many @$$es that I was accepted as one of the boys! "The Fighting Funky Filipino" -- 3F. Hehehe!

B-Hop will be able shake up Kovalev with savvy roughhousing and clinching ans stealth punching only. This where I believe that he will surprise Kovalev. Just literally doing the "theatre of the unexpected." Holla![/QUOTE]

Right RG... I got some stories about Oakland but none compare to the ruthlessness I saw overseas.

amayseng says:

[QUOTE=Radam G;57698]Danggit! You killed that one. And for the future, I have to steal that: "Krytonite don't work on humans."

You so right about not knowing the culture. I remember when I first came to the U.S. mainland to stay on a permanent basis. I've told this story before, so I'll just going to the chase now.

Older, bigger American kids, talking smack to me for walking through the ghettos, Barrios, and trailer parks of Oakland, Los Angeles or San Diego had no effect on me because I didn't know the deal and that I was suppose to be scare of them. And when I learned what time it was, I had whupped so many @$$es that I was accepted as one of the boys! "The Fighting Funky Filipino" -- 3F. Hehehe!

B-Hop will be able shake up Kovalev with savvy roughhousing and clinching ans stealth punching only. This where I believe that he will surprise Kovalev. Just literally doing the "theatre of the unexpected." Holla![/QUOTE]

Although Hopkins is one of my favorites I just think KK's spacing and timing is too good he wont allow Hopkins to crowd him, slow him and rough him up enough to lose rounds to the wily old master.

I think KK keeps him on the end of his stick and wins rounds on throwing hard combinations all night, if it were to go that way in his favor.

Of course I would not be surprised if Hopkins did exactly that though and beats KK.

I for sure see Hopkins beating AD who we just watched gas mid to late and get hurt a few times.

BHop is like Floyd in many ways, they are masters footwork and defense, keeping space, dictating pace, their conditioning is unrivaled and they both possess enough buzzing power and razor sharp accuracy to not only tenderize their opponents face and body's, but their will and spirit as well. They break down fighters on physical and emotional levels.

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