PATERSON’S PREDICTION PAGE: Expert Calls on Hopkins-Kovalev

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BY Robbi Paterson ON Nov 06, 2014

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“Nobody will ever do it 5 times since we know as good as we do that people get aged too fast. we used to run 6 miles a day though now we got to make an bid for three. we can still do all we wish though we got to make appointments. Can’t do things on a coax of a impulse like when you’re 20.”

Those vehement difference weren’t oral by today’s elder politician of fighting and a many renowned defier of age erosion, Bernard Hopkins, who will spin 50 in January.

Wearing a chocolate brownish-red suit, relaxing on a couch, muscles substantially still twitching after a dual mile run progressing that morning, a warrior with deceived intentions swirling around inside his conduct like a tornado, had only oral to New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey. At 39, lofty plateau had already been scaled on some-more than a few occasions, memorably. However, one some-more victory, a feat that would propel Muhammad Ali out boxing’s abyss and onwards and upwards toward a shot during a nearby impossible, winning a heavyweight pretension for a fourth time, was always going to be as illusive as a resurfacing of a Titanic.

Deep down, Ali knew it.

12 days later, on Dec 11, 1981, inside a Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in a Bahamas’ capital, Nassau, a stage of an barbarous passing for boxing’s inaugural hostess – in and out of a ring – was only as unpleasant for a fortuitous of seated observers to perspective as it was for a good male himself to physically endure. Compared to how he changed around a ring, that was eloquently seemly and rarely particular during a iconic decade a 60s, this Ali was roughly statue-like while being undressed by a childish hands of 27-year-old Trevor Berbick over a march of a 10 turn points preference loss. Had he been around 10 years earlier, Berbick would’ve been advantageous adequate to have found himself on Ali’s payroll as a ring partner.

In addition, 3 years after his final farewell, Ali was sadly diagnosed with Parkinson’s Syndrome, a illness with a many some-more enlarged impact than any jarring wallops he perceived from Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, or Trevor Berbick, among others. It has has taken a fee to a indicate where he is now, for a many part, isolated to a capture of a wheelchair.

Those words, a ones Ali, now 72, briefed Vecsey with 23 years ago, are fee truer than ever today. Simple tasks in life many of us take for postulated such as soaking a faces or reaching for a TV remote control are prolonged left for him. Making a small effort, now a sacrifice. Quick coax of a impulse earthy reaches, void.

Dear Bernard:

Hey, you. Yes, you, a youngest aged male male in a world.

Time to travel divided into a horizon, brother. Win or lose, this Saturday opposite Sergey Kovalev, it’s time. Time to hang ‘em damn gloves up.

If defeats to Taylor, Calzaghe and Dawson couldn’t pull we into retirement, what will? Also, after those prior chronological wins of new years, we still couldn’t travel down those stairs one final time. You’re stupidly removing held adult in a violent infamous turn – and we know it.

Time to empty a premises.

Good luck, Saturday night.

Yours truly,

Robbi Paterson

Hopkins vs. Kovalev is a 12-round joint hitch for a IBF, WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight World titles, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events in organisation with Caesars Atlantic City, Corona Extra, ATT and Hortitsia Vodka. The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast starts during 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Coverage starts during 2:00 am in a UK on Boxnation.

Prediction time – I’ve reached out and spoke to several experts and asked them for their take on a outcome. Enjoy, and greatfully supplement your own, in a TSS forum.

Chris Cozzone (Fightnews.com): I’m presaging an nauseous quarrel finale in a infancy preference for Hopkins. B-Hop will put on an unpretty clinic, with copiousness of restraining adult and complaints, while a undone Kovalev will try to land bombs, several of that will have judges observant a tighten fight.

Matt Hamilton (ESNewsreporting.com): Most – including a bookmakers – will make Sergey Kovalev a clever favorite in this one. But for me it’s one thing to hit over reduction cultured, reduction polished and maybe critically reduction proven campaigners during universe level, it’s another to take out a ilk of Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins has been ignored before and while Kovalev presents an wholly qualitatively manifold quandary to contend Kelly Pavlik, we can’t assistance though assume B-Hop provides as tighten to a litmus exam of flawlessness as exists for a crowd lofty claims surrounding a Kovalev phenomenon. Kovalev is a favourite for a reason though I’m going to hang my neck on a retard and envision a Hopkins win by wideish unanimous decision.

Ben Dirs (BBC Sport and author of a book ‘The Hate Game: Benn, Eubank and British Boxing’s Bitterest Rivalry’): Hopkins on a separate decision.

Robbi Paterson (TheSweetScience.com): It’s going to be an engaging evening. I’m resolutely in a dilemma of Kovalev tutor John David Jackson when he says it’s Hopkins’ quarrel if he dictates a dash – a delayed tempo. He’ll be looking for Kovalev to do some-more issuing than thinking, that only happens to be unequivocally formidable to accomplish and contend opposite Hopkins, who’s character and well implemented opposite punching proceed creates many opponents ‘pause.’ See, that’s a thing about fighting Hopkins effectively; it’s about holding him out of his comfort zone. The initial 3-4 rounds will be intensely crucial. During those moments, Hopkins needs to defuse Kovalev by creation doubts climb into his mind. Apart from Kovalev winning by outcome of a one punch knockout, for me, Hopkins wins on points.

Diego Morilla (HBO.com, RingTV.com, XN Sports.com): Through a final few years, Hopkins has been means to denote that fighting is not all about speed and power, and he has placed knowledge and ring IQ even above those dual virtues, redesigning and reshuffling a pieces of a nonplus that he presents to his opponents in any one of his fights with a ability of a wizard. But opposite a rangy, powerful, learned and encouraged warrior like Kovalev, he’ll need many some-more than that. So far, few fighters have been means to land some-more than dual suggestive punches in a quarrel opposite Hopkins, or during slightest one with adequate energy to dissapoint him. My bet, unfortunately, is that Kovalev will be means to govern presumably one of these feats (or both) to move The Alien’s career to a halt, once and for all. Kovalev TKO 10 Hopkins.

Mikey Garcia (WBO universe super featherweight champion): Hopkins by decision.

Jeff Mayweather (Boxing/MMA trainer): Interesting fight. Kovalev should win though no guarantee. He hasn’t fought anyone nearby Hopkins’ description or smarts. we wouldn’t be astounded to see Hopkins pull-off a upset. Kovalev by tighten decision.

Randy Gordon (TheSweetScience.com/SiriusXM radio host): we am anticipating this a toughest collect we have ever had to make, that’s how even we consider this quarrel is, notwithstanding a fact they are totally opposite fighters. Kovalev has a power. B-Hop has a skill. Kovalev has a youth. B-Hop has a experience. Kovalev is like a bomb, set to blow adult and do damage. B-Hop contingency be a explosve squad. He can’t simply burst on a explosve and try to slice it apart. If he does, it will many expected detonate. He contingency take his time, diffusing it handle by wire, block by piece. Can he do it? we contend he can. we demeanour for a stretch quarrel that will be tighten and competitive, generally in a initial half of a fight. Then, a large ability and knowledge of B-Hop will take over. Rough and unwashed during times, this will be an engaging fight. B-Hop by unanimous decision.

Jason Pribila (Secondsout.com): we had a honour of sitting ringside for Hopkins’ masterpiece vs Pavlik. Bernard looked aged in a opening frames vs Pascal in their initial fight. Kovalev won’t let him off hook. And, John David Jackson will ready Kovalev for a “Graterford Stare” during a weigh-in. Kovalev TKO 6.

Clay Moyle (Prizefightingbooks.com and author of a book ‘Sam Langford: Boxing’s Greatest Uncrowned Champion’): I’ll go with Hopkins by decision.

Abel Sanchez (trainer of universe middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin): It could finish adult being a good fight. we trust it is a 50/50 fight. It’s there for Kovalev to win it if he boxes, maintains stretch and doesn’t get held adult in a machismo of perplexing to hit Hopkins out. Hopkins will propagandize we if we are to assertive and over anxious. Hopkins by decision.

Ben Doughty (TipTV.co.uk): While we could never write a ‘Alien’ off, we am prone to feel that this will be a step too distant for Hopkins. He has had an extraordinary run and his place in story is secure though we should remember that he mislaid satisfactory and block to a younger Chad Dawson a integrate of years ago and Kovalev is fresh, able and dangerous. Bernard’s physique off work is vastly higher with Nathan Cleverly about a many important scalp on Kovalev’s record. But we consider Kovalev will make Hopkins quarrel during a gait that doesn’t fit him and can win on points.

Jeffrey Freeman (KO Digest): This is a frightful fighting blockbuster in a making! Here’s a hide preview of entrance attractions: a 49-year-old Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins gets launched from a ring by a abrasive energy of a real-life torpedo with an a**-kicking strategy, Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev. In Atlantic City, a Russian will govern a former executioner from Philadelphia with a auspicious injection of haunt punching precision. It’s a black and white reconstitute of Rocky Marciano knocking out Joe Louis solely this “Krusher” sheds no tears. To him, it’s a dim comedy, or worse, a unwashed movie. Wherever his spaceship crash-lands inside aged Boardwalk Hall, a “Alien” will be writhing around in agony, though this time it’s no act. Closing credits: If a quarrel somehow creates it to a scorecards, a decaying tomatoes examination was created and executive constructed by judges Layton, Ortiz, and Sammartino. Sergey Kovalev TKO4 Bernard Hopkins.

Rudy Hernandez (Los Angeles formed trainer): If Kovalev is anywhere as intelligent as Nicholas Walters (who knocked out Nonito Donaire for a WBA featherweight pretension on Oct 18) he wins by knockout. But we trust that Hopkins will find a easy approach out and explain injury.

Allan Scotto (Maxboxing.com): we consider Hopkins takes a decision. Much some-more knowledge and unequivocally crafty.

Sean Crose (Boxinginsider.com): Man, this one is many positively NOT easy to pick. we pronounced we would never go opposite Hopkins again, though I’m going to have to eat my difference in this case. Here’s a thing – Kovalev can do some-more than only punch. He’s an skilful ring technician. Add that to a fact that a male can literally hit a chairman down with no some-more than a poke and you’ve got a lethal multiple on your hands. we see this one being stopped in a after rounds after it becomes transparent a Alien can’t outmanoeuvre a Krusher and a complicated punches start to unequivocally take their toll. Kovalev by TKO, 11th round.

Leighton Ginn (Desurtsun.com): we have Kovalev. we hatred to go opposite Hopkins though Kovalev competence be too much.

Barry Jones (Boxnation pundit and former WBO universe super featherweight champion): It’s a tough one to call as Kovalev’s character is matched to Hopkins. But observant that I’m going for Kovalev to win, with Hopkins looking for a approach out and presumably removing disqualified.

Springs Toledo (TheSweetScience.com and author of a book ‘The Gods of War’): I’m actively recommending this quarrel to non-boxing fans since if gray-bearded Hopkins happens to better a many dangerous light heavyweight in a world, it will be an ancestral accomplishment. There’s a premonition though: Hopkins will have to continue early storms that will be fun to watch, though afterwards he’ll delayed a pace, maul, and make a quarrel an eyesore. If he doesn’t vacate Kovalev with spoiler tactics, he will incite him into instinctive charge and locate him with counters. A partial of Hopkins’s training fast might be training Russian slurs to use during clinches. I’m going with age and deception for this one; Hopkins by argumentative SD or DQ.

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The Commish says:

Randy Gordon (TheSweetScience.com/SiriusXM radio host): we am anticipating this a toughest collect we have ever had to make, that’s how even we consider this quarrel is, notwithstanding a fact they are totally opposite fighters. Kovalev has a power. B-Hop has a skill. Kovalev has a youth. B-Hop has a experience. Kovalev is like a bomb, set to blow adult and do damage. B-Hop contingency be a explosve squad. He can’t simply burst on a explosve and try to slice it apart. If he does, it will many expected detonate. He contingency take his time, diffusing it handle by wire, block by piece. Can he do it? we contend he can. we demeanour for a stretch quarrel that will be tighten and competitive, generally in a initial half of a fight. Then, a large ability and knowledge of B-Hop will take over. Rough and unwashed during times, this will be an engaging fight. B-Hop by unanimous decision.

I feel a same approach as this Randy Gordon man does!

-Randy G.

Froggy says:

Good meditative Randy G, we listened many times that Randy Gordon man knows what he’s articulate about !

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