The 48-year-old Hopkins (53-6-3-2, 32 KOs) was initially slated to fight the 30-year-old Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) October 19.
Hopkins last vacated the squared circle on March 9 after universally outscoring Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud to become the oldest pugilist to ever capture a major world title.
Despite being 22 years older than “Thunder,” Hopkins broke his own feat by overwhelming Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) this past spring.
Comparatively, Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) most recently defeated Sandro Siproshvili in June 2012 by a seventh round TKO.
A former two-weight world titleholder and reformed ex-convict, Hopkins safeguarded his middleweight crown a record 20 straight times from 1995 through 2005.
Although a quasi-geriatric, “The Executioner” remains a defensive virtuoso with an insatiable appetite for winning.
Continuing to defy Father Time, Bernard Hopkins will easily trump Karo Murat on the cards a month from this evening.by