Kovalev Out To Slay Hopkins

Sergey-Kovalev-punches-Nathan-Cleverley-2014_3224722SERGEY Kovalev admits he will learn plenty from Bernard Hopkins when they clash this weekend – before he goes on to beat the veteran.

The two clash in Atlantic City on Saturday night with Hopkins – just two months shy of his 50th birthday – defending his IBF and WBA world light-heavyweight titles against the current WBO champion in an eagerly-awaited unification match.

Russian-born Kovalev, 31, has stopped 23 of his 26 opponents so far in the paid ranks and believes he can be the man to finally end the extraordinary reign of Hopkins.

“I always have bullets in my arsenal. My hands are my weapons,” he said. “It’s my weapon in the ring. Hopkins think that I only have two bullets but I will bring some more.

“But first I want to get some lessons from the professor of boxing. He is an old school boxer.

I want to get some experience from this fight that can make me better for another fight. I am not going to finish my career after this one.

“There will be other fighters that will also be tough and very talented and very hard like a punch machine. I should be ready for everyone in the ring and in life too.

I am trying to be disciplined because this is boxing. This is very intense and dangerous sport. I started boxing because I need to get money. I box with the hope that somebody will sign me for three years.

This is all a result of my patience.” Kovalev is wary of the threat Hopkins (55-6-2 32KOs) poses and insists he is prepared for anything the veteran may bring to the ring – legal or otherwise.

“He is dangerous because he is punching with open hands – punching from the head like a deer.

He is fighting like a street fighter,” said Kovalev, who is celebrating the birth of his baby son.

“He can cut you with the head, with the elbow, everything, from any part of his body.

He is looking like a very dirty fighter. Sometimes he is making like a clown. He is a good actor.

“If he is feeling like he can’t do something legally, he starts playing like an actor and complaining about pain or a low blow or something. Like in his first fight against Chad Dawson, he was not ready for this fight.

I saw his first round and after first round he understood that he is not going to win this fight and he complained he hurt his shoulder and got a TD [technical draw] but he still keeps the title.”­ — Sportinglife

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