On Saturday, November 8, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins will meet Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev in an exciting light heavyweight unification title bout live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
This past Tuesday, Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, NYC, with the fighters and the people behind the event to help hype this big show that will see the IBF, WBA, and WBO light heavyweight world titles unified together in what will become a 12-round war. Speaking at this event was Oscar de la Hoya, President & Founder of Golden Boy Promotions, Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, John Palmieri, the Executive Director of CRDA, Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming, HBO Sports, and NJSAC Director Aaron Davis, who are all in part one of the video (which is seen above).
Part two of this video features Eglis Klimas, Kovalev's manager, and of course, the soft-spoken WBO Light Heavyweight champ, "Krusher" Sergey Kovalev, and the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight champ, Bernard Hopkins.
"I respect Bernard Hopkins for taking this fight," said the 31-year-old Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs). "When I came to America, it was my dream to fight the best and now I am, I have my chance. He says he is alien. He will punch, I will punch, then we see who is gonna go to Mars."
Formerly "The Executioner" and now "The Alien", Hopkins had plenty to say about his opponent, and is a must-see promo in the second part of this video, which you can view above. "Everything I do at this point in my career affects my legacy," Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) said. "I've set and broken many records, but becoming the oldest undisputed light heavyweight world champion is the goal and Kovalev stands in the way of that goal. He's another young, hungry fighter and just like the ones that came before him, he will leave the ring beltless."
If you are having trouble with the Ooyala player, you can watch part one of the press conference at this link here, and part two over at this link here on Youtube.
In April, Hopkins defeated Beibut Shumenov to win the WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship at age 49, breaking his own record as the oldest fighter in history to win a world title, which he set in May of 2011 after defeating Jean Pascal at age 46. Kovalev comes off of the third defense of his WBO Light Heavyweight Title on HBO, defeating Blake Caparello by TKO on August 2.