Bernard Hopkins Will Fight Sergey Kovalev on November 8

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2014

In this Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 photo, boxer Bernard Hopkins speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Bernard Hopkins has no plans to hang up the gloves anytime soon, and it looks like his next title bout is finally set in stone.

According to BoxingNews24.com's Allan Fox, Hopkins will fight the undefeated Sergey Kovalev in a light heavyweight unification matchup on November 8 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

It's certainly bewildering that Hopkins is still fighting at such an advanced age—even the legendary Archie Moore got sick of taping up his wrists by the ripe old age of 47.

ESPN's Brian Campbell believes the fight could be the best of 2014:

Hopkins (55-6-2) isn't just fighting to hoard paychecks; he's still beating opponents half his age. He's won his last three bouts, most recently snatching the WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles from Beibut Shumenov, a puncher 18 years his junior. 

Kovalev (25-0-1) is no slouch and should prove to be a worthy opponent for Hopkins. Kovalev has a penchant for beginning bouts with a violent ferocity. He recently defended his WBO light heavyweight title against Blake Caparello on July 2, winning via TKO in the second round.

His 23 career knockouts prove that match was no aberration and he could be a very dangerous opponent for Hopkins. The Russian power-puncher is confident he will make history. He told RingTV's Lem Satterfield: "But I’m happier that I’m going to be fighting Bernard Hopkins there because that is going to put my name into the history of boxing. Most likely, also, I’m going to be making history in boxing by winning against Bernard Hopkins. That’s going to put me in the top tier."

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The obvious route is for Kovalev to attempt to keep Hopkins off-balance and hope that his hand speed is diminishing at a monthly rate at this point, although that's wishful thinking considering the physical condition he's maintained after nearly half a century on this earth.

Hopkins should be able to use his superior reach—75" to Kovalev's 72.5", per BoxRec.com—to keep Kovalev from digging in and out-punching him in close quarters.

Hopkins will have to falter at some point, but he could very easily have four different titles to his name by November 8.

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