Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:06:33 +0100
> I see this bout going one of two ways. > Either Hopkins gets his defense into high gear and > jabs and moves and ekes out a decision over Kovalev > or Kovalev is able to catch Bernard and brutalize > him which could be dangerous for Hopkins. That sounds like conventional wisdom. I agree, but I don't rule out (and maybe you don't either) that Kovalev wins on the scorecards. With age, your chin doesn't get worse, really. It is your reflexes that do, so when you roll with the punches or slips, turns, or whatever just one inch to take the sting out of a punch - when you are unable to do this, you take the full power and get KO'd. Hopkins has been defying father time for many fights by now, but he hasn't faced anything close to Kovalev for a long time. Here is his record with the most recent fight first: Beibut Shumenov - far too unschooled (and couldn't afford a cornerman) Karo Murat - not good enough for several reasons Tavoris Cloud - very stiff and bulky, and easy to hit, so shouldn't be on this level for his own good Chad Dawson (twice) - in all essence a good fighter, only lacking power and perhaps just a bit of self-confidence and identity as a fighter Jean Pascal (twice) - very good Roy Jones Jr. - no comments :) So Hopkins didn't fight anyone really good since 2012-04-28 (the second Dawson fight). And, without disrespecting Dawson, he is no Roy Jones Jr., and Pascal is better as well. So I actually think this will be a chock to Hopkins and Kovalev will - according to my crystal boxing ball - KO him or win one-sided on the scorecards.
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