Bernard Hopkins Media Workout

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With just a little over a week until fight night, Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins worked out in front of a packed media contingent that traveled from far and wide to see the 49-year-old ageless light heavyweight champion train for his Saturday, Nov. 8 light unification bout against Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion

“To be able to bring a lot of the top writers in the out here to cover history is great. This fight has a lot of historic things about it.

“Oscar was talking about me fighting without pressure. It’s the pressure of the unknown. The unknown is the reward that comes after taking on such a challenge. For me it’s about never taking anyone lightly. I’m ready mentally and physically for this challenge, come November 8.

“I believe the difference comes in the execution. If you think about it too much beforehand it will keep you up at night. You can’t worry about things you can’t change. I prepare to do what I know how to do best. That rule of code has never betrayed me.

“There’s not one fighter I wouldn’t put my record up against. In this era – in any weight class. I put the work in to have the track record and be taken seriously.

“There are a lot of things I look at that I used to do, even though I was successful, as a waste of time. But those are the things you have to go through. We are young before we are old. We are immature before we become mature.

“When I look back at the last five years of my career, I’m spending less time in the gym than I did in the beginning of my career. I’m fighting 12-round fights, why am I training for four hours? These are the things you do when you’re young. When you get older you realize that you had to survive it, that’s how I got here.

“When you look at the things I do, the lifestyle and the discipline. You would say I’m preserved. You would say that I’m well kept. You would say I’m clean in the garage. The mechanics are all brand new, because I took care of them.

“I have the same thoughts on Kovalev that most people here do. He’s a dangerous puncher. He has an over 90 percent knockout rate and anyone who fights this guy has the opportunity to not be the same once he exits the ring. We won’t take anything away from this guy because he’s real.

“Kovalev is a threat to anybody. It won’t be an easy fight, even if it looks easy to you. I don’t just have to beat the man, but I have to beat a lot of people. They’re either going to watch me win or watch me lose, and I don’t mind playing that game. I don’t believe in luck. I believe in whoever brings the best and whoever sacrifices the most to be victorious will win.

“It doesn’t bother me if people are rooting for me or not. My family, are the only thing that matters at the end of the day. If you’re motivated by other things, you’ll never stop. No matter how many people you beat there will always be something else.

“No one expected me to be gone 10-15 years ago. I became their worst nightmare. I still have my senses and my intellect. I can still articulate. That makes me an even bigger force.”

NAAZIM RICHARDSON, Hopkins’ Trainer

“With some of the young guys, you have to be on them before they get comfortable. But with Bernard he comes in knowing what he wants to do and it’s just a pleasure to work with him.

“You can’t be undedicated in this job, you have to be in there and be a part of everything. We’re dealing with a freak of nature in Kovalev, he might be the hardest puncher in the history of boxing, we’ll see. Continue reading

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Golovkin vs. Murray is on for February 21!

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Press Release| The deal has been signed.  – Unbeaten WBA, IBO and WBC Interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) of Kazakhstan will fight top-rated Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) of the UK in Monte Carlo on February 21.

Golden Gloves and K2 Promotions announced the bout minutes after Murray’s successful WBC Silver belt defence against Domenico Spada in Monaco on Saturday.

Golovkin will go in search of his record 19th straight stoppage while Murray will be hoping it is third time lucky after two previous title bids were rebuffed by the judges.

“Murray is generally regarded as the best middleweight outside the world champions,” said promoter Rodney Berman. “As we all know, he’s a world champion without a belt. He won’t be intimidated for one second fighting ‘GGG’, unlike all of Golovkin’s challengers.”

Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions agreed. “Arguably, Martin Murray will be the toughest opponent Gennady has ever faced. It’s a great way to follow up the Marco Antonio Rubio win: coming back to Europe and Monte Carlo against a top-rated middleweight contender.

“It fits in perfectly as Murray has shown he is world class and Gennady wants to continue to prove himself the most exciting fighter out there. Gennady is making big inroads in the US, but it’s also important for the fight to be in primetime in Europe where he has so many fans.”

Murray has won four fights since dropping a narrow decision to then-WBC champion Sergio Martinez in 2013, the last two of which were in Monte Carlo.

Golovkin has won 13 straight world championship fights – all by stoppage – on his way to confirming his status as the world’s most exciting boxer.

He has also fought twice before in Monte Carlo, beating Nobuhiro Ishida in 2013 and Osumanu Adama in February.

He was ringside in Monte Carlo on Saturday and said: “It feels great to get this fight. Murray is a great fighter, very strong. I remember the Sergio Martinez bout; it was an amazing fight. Along with Matthew Macklin and Daniel Geale, Murray is one of the best pure boxers in the division.

“I like to test myself. I’m giving him a chance and for Europe this is the biggest fight in the middleweight division. It is important to fight here, where many of my fans and followers are

Said Murray: “I think he’s a top fighter. He’s crushed everybody he’s been in with, but I’ve got the tools to beat any middleweight out there. I wouldn’t be taking the fight if I didn’t think I could win. A lot of his opponents have gone into the fight already beat. You won’t get that with me. I’m gonna go in there and stand up to him.”

Berman rates Golovkin highly, but believes that Murray has a chance of an upset.

“I have the highest regard for Golovkin, but the truth is his opponents have been sitting ducks. Out of fear, they lose the fight before they step into the ring; they’re intimidated and scared. You look at Murray’s background and just know he won’t be cowered. He’s the first guy I’ve seen who will create angles, who won’t stand in front of Golovkin waiting to be hit. Murray will make Golovkin work. He has the ability to outhustle him,” said the man who has famously promoted a number of major upsets over the years.

These include Hasim Rahman’s KO of heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Corrie Sanders’ blowout of Wladimir Klitschko and Vuyani Bungu’s shock win over unbeaten Kennedy McKinney.

“It doesn’t get better than coming back to Monte Carlo,” added Loeffler. “The atmosphere is electric and Gennady enjoys it. He makes every fight an exciting fight because of his style. Every opponent has a plan . . . until they feel Gennady’s first punch.”

The undercard, Berman assured, would be top rate.

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Kovalev: “It’s a secret. You will see November 8″; Hopkins: “Just enjoy the Artwork”

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The Fight Journal recently participated in a conference call with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and IBF/WBA champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins.

Kovalev, 25-0-1 (23 KOs) and Hopkins, 55-6-2 (32 KOs) will meet on November 8, 2014 at Boardwalk hall in Atlantic City.  The fight will be televised live on HBO.

Here are some comments:

Sergey Kovalev

On being the first person to KO Hopkins:

I don’t know what I’m going to do. I go into the ring and I get my victory at any cost. If I need to fight, I will fight. If I need to box, I’m going to box. This is a fight. You can keep in your mind one strategy but these fighters can change. 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.

On turning the fight with Hopkins into a street fight

This is my style. I can fight just like that. Why do I need to throw more punches if this is my style, what I use right now gives me success.

On the weaknesses he sees that Hopkins has:

I think this question is very funny. I really like it. Maybe I will say to you and everybody about what you’re asking about but it is my secret for the fight.

Bernard Hopkins

On what exactly “The Alien” means:

I’m very, very serious that I am different than human beings that I’ve talked to, and human beings that I interact with who can’t understand me, but I can understand them. So, it’s not a joke. It wasn’t a joke. And it’s definitely not a joke now since they realized it’s not a joke. When “The Executioner” executed 20-something contenders, who some one or two became champion and the rest haven’t. So, “The Alien” is by age. “The Alien” is the difference between the average person who has a lifestyle that’s not on the radar of an alien. So when you can have that strong discipline to be able to not get involved in a sport and play of this world, whether you’re successful especially, or not successful, then you are looked upon as being strange, different or weird.

So, I’m neither of those things, but I am an alien. So that’s where I came up with I have to be an alien, I was diagnosed as being an alien. I really believe and understand that I am different and not a part of this world, but in this world. So that’s why people can’t understand how I can be so disciplined around all the things, recreational things to do when you’re successful, having a little cocktail or a little party, or a little celebration, or as they say, the humans, “let your hair down.”

On Kovalev having John David Jackson, (former opponent and sparring partner of Hopkins), in his corner:

It’s not a personal challenge to me – John David Jackson. First of all, John David Jackson, I always said, is one of the elite trainers out there who never really got his respect and November 8th he wants to get that big boost to get that respect. But, again, maybe John David Jackson will show him the fight that we fought and realize that he didn’t have the code to beat “The Executioner” at the time and now it’s “The Alien.” So, maybe John realized how he should have ducked or how he should have fought at that time.

But to me, John isn’t fighting, John isn’t in the ring. You have to give the information to the athlete, the athlete has to be able to take that information, and be able to use it to his best ability. Let’s see if can he do that, because John David Jackson definitely can’t fight for him. John David Jackson had his chance. John David Jackson got knocked out, I believe, in the ninth round. So, to me how can a teacher teach a student and the teacher flunked the test too?

On what fans can expect and what media (once again) picking against him can expect:

Just enjoy the artwork. Enjoy Miles Davis. Enjoy the jazz that will be played amongst the breeze in the air at Boardwalk Hall November 8th on HBO. Enjoy. The concert is going to be great.

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All In Entertainment Presents: Hometown Takeover!

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Story by: Crystal “The DC Boxing Diva” Hamlin

On Saturday, November 1, 2014 Dusty Hernandez-Harrison returns to the ring to face Michael Clark.  Dusty was a late scratch in his last fight due to injury, but he’s all set to go in this hometown matchup.  The card will take place at DAR Constitution Hall and is sponsored by All In Entertainment.

Hernandez-Harrison, 23-0 (12 KOs) last fought in July at Madison Square Garden and earned a hard fought eight round decision over Wilfredo Acuna. He continues a busy 2014 as this will be his 5th fight this year.

Clark has been in the ring with some pretty big names. Among them are former IBF World lightweight champion Leavander Johnson, former WBC and WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris, and former IBF light middleweight champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundgrage to name a few.

This should shape up to very a very nice test for Hernandez-Harrison. Even though the 41 year old Clark has been stopped in his last three fights, the level of competition has been strong.

Also on the card are local up and coming talents Jarrett Hurd, 12-0 (7 KOs) and the young lightweight out of Forestville Mykal Fox, 3-0. In addtion to these Maryland prospects, we have other DMV representatives (Alexandria) Brandon Quarles, 13-3 (5 KOs), (Laurel) heavyweight Dwayne McRae, 14-3 (8KOs), and Marquel Johns (Ft. washington, via Philly) Marquel “Monster” Johns 4-0-1 (4 KOs).

Also slated to make a special appearance will be Washington, DC rap music artist LIGHTSHOW.

Fans come out and support your DMV fighters! For more information and tickets, please go to http://www.ALLINENTERTAINMENT.com

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Golovkin and Walters score impressive KOs!

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Story by: Robert Uzzell

On Saturday evening in front of a sold out crowd of nearly 9,000 packed into StubHub Center, WBO and IBO champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 31-0, (28 KOs) captured the “interim” WBC middleweight title. Golovkin did so by knocking out Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio, 59-7-1, (51 KOs) in the second round.

It was the 18th win in a row by stoppage for the urban legend from Kazakhstan. After the victory, Golovkin made it clear who he wants next…. Miguel Cotto.

If a fight can’t be made (as Cotto may have business with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez) Golovkin stated that he’d fight Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr or anyone else that had a belt.

In the co-feature, another knockout artist Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters, 25-0, (21 KOS) captured the WBA featherweight title by punishing and stopping Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Doniare, 33-3, (21 KOS) in the sixth round.

Donaire, already cut and busted up in multiple areas of his face threw a big right that missed. Walters, while in punching range slipped the punch and landed a big right hand on Donaire’s temple. Donaire went down and rose to his feet late in the count. The referee wisely saw that Nonito was in no shape to continue. The time of stoppage was 2:59 of the sixth.

As Walters was asked what the key to the KO victory was, he replied, “I invited him into me. It’s like fishing,” Walters said. “I gave him the bait and I reeled him in. But he is a great fighter and a great person.”

Donaire, likewise was asked about his performance.

Donaire stated, “The size he had over me I couldn’t deal with. He overwhelmed and knocked the shit out of me.”

Both fighters were extremely cordial after the fight, praising each other for the skills that each represents. There were no bitter feeling and no excuses. It’s a lesson other boxers should learn.

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Golovkin, Walters, Donaire Make Weight; Rubio Overweight

WBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin weighed in at 159 pounds and challenger Marco Antonio Rubio came in over the 160 pound limit at 161.8 pounds.

Saturday’s matchup will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Rubio was given two hours to make 160. He didn’t bother to show up. Consequently, Rubio loses his interim champion status and will most likely fork over a decent portion of his purse.

Other weights are listed below:

Nonito Donaire (125.6) vs. Nicholas Walters (125.6)

Edwin Rodriguez (174.8) vs. Azea Augustama (175.8)

Marcos Reyes (160.8) vs. Abraham Han (160.4)

Jaime Ocegueda (139.6) vs. Moris Rodriguez (138.8)

Walter Sarnoi (123.4) vs. Sergio Najera (125.2)

Ruslan Madiev (136.6) vs. Oscar Rojas (135)

 

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MIKE REED: “NOVEMBER 29 WILL BE A BIG NIGHT FOR TEAM REED…WE PLAN TO IMPRESS”

imageOn Saturday night, October 4, 2014, light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Waldorf, MD/Washington, D.C.) defeated Osnel Charles (Atlantic City, NJ) by unanimous decision. The three judges seated ringside at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, scored the six-round bout 59-53, 60-52, and 60-52. Reed dropped Charles in round two, and later in the fight, the referee deducted a point from Charles for repeatedly spitting out his mouthpiece. Reed’s record is now 11-0, with 6 KOs. Charles, a last minute opponent replacement, saw his record drop to 10-11-1, 1 KO.

The twenty-one year old prospect talked about his recent win. He said, “I was happy to get the win in Atlantic City and see so many fans come out to support me and my team. As far as my performance goes, I thought I performed well, but there’s always room for improvement. My opponent Charles was a crafty veteran, and he had tricks that helped him survive in the ring. I always learn from my fights, and I plan to build on those things in my upcoming training camp. I showed Top Rank that they made the right decision to sign me. I have a good support team and I will continue to show that I have the tools to become a world champion.”

Michael “Buck” Pinson, Reed’s father, trainer, and manager (Dream Team Boxing Gym/Clinton, MD), agreed with his Reed’s assessment. “Michael’s conditioning looked good in the fight, but we will go back to the gym and keep working to get better. Overall, I thought Mike’s Top Rank debut went well, and the representatives on hand seemed to enjoy his performance. Thank you to all the Team Reed supporters that came up for the fight. All of you were loud at the fight, and that made us feel like we were fighting at home.”

During his October fight, Reed wore a pink and white uniform to honor victims and survivors of breast cancer. He said, “The outfit I wore in the ring was to raise breast cancer awareness, as a tribute to everyone who has dealt with breast cancer. Two very important women in my life were diagnosed with it. Fortunately, they both survived, but there are plenty of women who weren’t as fortunate. I’ll continue to show support, and eventually someone will find a cure for cancer. Thank you Nike Boxing/Athlete Performance Solutions (Machomai Boots), Nike Elite (Kay Yow socks), Ross Molovinsky and Team Reed for helping put together my outfit for this fight.”

Mike Reed is scheduled to return to the ring on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29, in an eight-round bout at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Reed’s fight will be featured on the HBO undercard of the WBO lightweight title fight between Terence Crawford and Ray Beltran. Reed’s opponent will be announced shortly.

Reed said, “November 29 will be a big night for Team Reed. Terence Crawford has always been a favorite boxer of mine, so it’s a real honor to fight on his undercard. I’m told that the CenturyLink Center in Omaha is going to be packed with boxing fans, so this is a great opportunity for me to expand my fan base on a terrific HBO undercard. Team Reed is looking forward to traveling out to Omaha. We plan to impress everyone in attendance and earn television time.”

Tickets for Reed’s fight November 29 in Omaha are on sale now and priced at $27, $52, $77, and $127. Purchase them at CenturyLink Center Omaha Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Order tickets online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone (800) 745 3000.

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