For some, Atlantic City may be a fun place to gamble, but for unified light heavyweight champion and Philadelphia-native Bernard Hopkins, it’s a second home.
He’s had some of his biggest accomplishments in his career in A.C. – specifically in Boardwalk Hall – and now he’s returning home.
“I expect Philly to represent and come out to Boardwalk Hall to see me make history once again.”
Co-promoters Main Events and Golden Boy Promotions announced Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) returns to Atlantic City to defend his IBA, WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles against Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, whose own WBO 175-pound championship is on the line.
Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) is no stranger to Atlantic City, winning his last two fights in “America’s Favorite Playground” – WBO title defenses against Cedric Agnew and Blake Caparello. This is fourth WBO title defense.
“I am happy to be back in Atlantic City. “This is my third time fighting there, but this is the most special because this time I am facing the legendary Bernard Hopkins.”
Hopkins, 49, will no doubt be Kovalev’s biggest challenge. The Krusher’s may have power and youth on his side, but “The Alien” has defense and – most importantly – experience. If the Alien wins, he would once again break his own record of being the oldest boxer to defend a world title and unify the titles.
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