Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins, a nickname he acquired from the father of Philadelphia boxer Danny Garcia, Angel, continued to defy logic and father time when the 48-year old defeated Karo Murat at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Saturday.
Though the fight looked closer than the scorecards indicated (119-108, 119-108, 117-110, all in favor of Hopkins) there is no doubt that the legendary son of Philadelphia dominated the fight. The man who will be 49 in January threw and landed more punches than his 30-year old opponent, and landed 44% of his punches, as opposed to 30% by his opponent.
So what is next for Hopkins? He made it clear he took this fight because it was the mandatory opponent for his IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship. Hopkins mentioned a possible fight with Floyd “Money” Mayweather after Mayweather defeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last month, and there was more talk about a possible match between the two legends.
At this point, Mayweather is at the top of the sport and has the ability to fight just about anyone he wants. Why? Mayweather is not only regarded at the best fighter in the sport, but his is its most visible athlete, and its biggest draw at the gate, as shown by the fight with Canelo breaking the all-time record for Pay-Per-View revenue.
In the undercard, Brooklyn’s own Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin defeated “King” Gabriel Rosado in a close fight that was stopped because of a nasty cut that opened up on the eye of Rosado. This was arguably the most entertaining fight of the evening, and a possible rematch is in the future. Quillin raised his record to 30-0 while retaining his WBO Middleweight Championship.
WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder raised his record to a perfect 30-0 with 30 knockouts when he knocked out Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha. Though Firtha came out as a ball of energy to start the fight, he would ultimately live up to his nickname and was unable to avoid some big shots from Wilder.
For you fight fans out there, this weekend, WBA and IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin will take on Curtis Stevens at Madison Square Garden, a fight that will air live on HBO. Coming up on December 7, 2013, two Brooklyn sons will battle when Zab “Super” Judah takes on Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi at Barclays Center. This fight is for bragging rights, but the winner will probably be in line for a championship fight as well.
You may hear some people tell you that the sport of boxing is dying, but this is simply not true. Boxing is thriving on the east coast, and with premiere matches at Barclays Center, Boardwalk Hall, and Madison Square Garden, tens of thousands are finding out the same.