Initially slated to throw fists October 19, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer announced Saturday that Bernard Hopkins will instead defend the IBF light heavyweight belt against German Karo Murat on October 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“Bernard generates good ratings whenever he fights and we could have stayed on the 19th, but when we had the opportunity to move, we decided to move and avoid going head-to-head,” Schaefer said. “Sometimes you can’t and it’s impossible to move, but when we can, we try.”
The 48-year-old Hopkins (53-6-3-2, 32 KOs) unanimously outscored Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud on March 9 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, the 29-year-old Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) most recently vacated the squared circle in June 2012 after earning a seventh round TKO victory over Sandro Siproshvili.
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 now a week later into the autumn.by