There was never any doubt, really, that Bernard Hopkins would agree to fight whomever the IBF deemed as the mandatory challenger for his IBF world title. His record over the last 20 years proves that.
After his mandatory defence against Karo Murat, set for July 13 in Brooklyn, NY, was cancelled when Murat was unable to acquire a visa to get into the US, the IBF considered what it would do.
Ultimately, it decreed that the 48-year-old Hopkins would have to put his belt up against unbeaten Sergey Kovalev.
There were those who questioned whether Hopkins would agree to meet Kovalev, who has 19Read More »from Hopkins ‘to defend legacy’ against unheralded Kovalev