Russian superpower Sergey Kovalev defended his 3 unified light heavyweight world titles against Philadelphia’s finest Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins on Saturday Night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Kovalev remains undefeated with an astonishing 26-0-1 record that includes 23 knockouts. Kovalev dropped Hopkins in the first round with a right hook then proceeded to dominate the rest of the fight and won by unanimous decision, winning every round on all 3 judge’s scorecards.
Kovalev was as much as a 3-1 favorite before the fight so he did what he was supposed to do. He proved that being in his prime at 31 years old and with a 72 inch reach that has yet to be matched he would prevail. Kovalev told reporters before the fight, “I don’t have any strategy for the fight, just to go into the ring and fight like a street fight. I’m going to kick his ass because he’s my opponent. Any of my opponents want to beat me. If I’m not going to beat him he will beat me.”
Hopkins, 49, has been breaking records as the older fight to win a championship belt then dubbed himself “The Alien” but Kovalev was able to get to the truth that Bernard is simple too old to be fighting him, alien or not, “”It is not easy to overlook Hopkins…I think when he’s 60 years old he’ll be in the same condition. He’s an alien, but I have to send him to the moon and maybe from there he’ll go by himself to Mars.”
Hopkins words before the fight did not prove to be so true, he told reporters, “Come [Saturday] on HBO, you’ll get to watch artwork,” Hopkins said. “You’re watching Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong with gloves on.”
While Kovalevs motivation for the fight was his wife recently have a baby, “The Alien” drew inspiration from his city, ”We have a statue of Rocky and he ain’t real…What I’m doing, they couldn’t write in a movie. No one would believe it. That guy? That old guy? C’mon, man, he can’t win! That statue is a symbol. But I’m the walking, talking, living champion.”
During HBO’s 24/7, Dr. Adam Pasternack said of Hopkins, “He really does have the health of a 20-year-old,” but maybe even a 20-year old Hopkins would have lost this fight.
Hopkins-Kovalev punch stats
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