He put on a sensational performance in the main event at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey in a Showtime Championship Boxing telecast against a game Karo Murat.
In the beginning of this bout it looked as if this was going to be a really competitive contest, as Murat tried to show that he had the skills and the power give Hopkins the time of his life. He was getting in some good solid shots to the body and connected once to the head of Hopkins and all this was within the first couple of rounds. And after that it was all Hopkins as he skillfully started to pick Murat apart with lead right hands and combinations, as the fight progressed. There’s one thing that sets Hopkins apart from the rest, and that is he’s a well seasoned veteran and knows every trick in the game because he’s been around a while. He can out think an opponent and that is certainly what he did to Murat in this one. And as much as Murat tried to put up a game fight, at the end of twelve it was Hopkins by unanimous decision. He improved his record to 54-6-2 with 32 coming by way of knockout.
There’s now talk of a match with Hopkins and Mayweather. That would be something if Hopkins can get down to 160. Maybe that would make sense (money wise) as he is now getting close to 50 years on the planet, and Mayweather is getting close to 50 wins and no losses. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
Watch the fight in its entirety:
2013.10.26.Bernard.Hopkins.vs.Karo.Murat… by sweetboxing14
In the semi-main event we saw Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillan go against a very rugged Gabriel Rosado. This one turned out to be one of the best fights of the night folks as Rosado came in this one with grit and determination and gave Quillan a hand full throughout after getting dropped by a one two combination near the end of the second. He had several moments in the bout where he backed up Quillan with some solid shots to the head and the body. But Quillan was able to utilize his own skillful jabs and combinations so much so that he opened up a severe cut to Rosado’s left eye in the tenth and the ring doctor had to come in at 1:26 and call a halt to the bout thus declaring “Kid Chocolate” the winner by TKO. He remains undefeated in 30 fights with 22 coming by way of knockout. We’ll see what’s next for him, maybe a bout with the winner of Golovkin vs Stevens that takes place next weekend at Madison Square Garden? As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
Deontay Wilder continues to knock them out early as he did on the undercard in Atlantic City. He went against a game Nicolai Firtha in a bout that only lasted four rounds as Firtha got knocked out cold.
Wilder improved his record to 30-0 with 30 knockouts.
Folks I got tell you something. As much as I like Wilder, the jury is still out on him because in all of his bouts he hasn’t gone past four rounds. I’d like to see him go into deeper waters. I hear that they’re talking now about a fight with Bermane Stiverne who recently stopped Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola. I think that a bout with Arreola would also be good, but whatever the case is, he needs to go out into the middle of the ocean.
As I said, coming up next weekend is Gennady Golovkin vs Curtis Stevens as Golovkin defends his WBA and IBO middleweight titles. This guy can crack folks, and this is going to be something special to watch. I would love to see Golovkin (who by the way is undefeated in 27 fights) go against “Kid Chocolate.” Now that would be something. But we’ll what happens on this Saturday night.
This one will be telecast live on HBO Championship Boxing so you don’t want to miss this.
And coming up in just two more weeks, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward is set to return to the ring against Edwin Rodriguez out at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. He will be defending his WBA and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles.
This one will also be telecast live on HBO Championship Boxing.
And least I forget, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios is set for November 23 at the Venetian Macao in Macao, China and will be telecast live on HBO pay per view.
Finally, I hear that James Kirkland is set to return to the ring in December. All I can say about that is, it’s about time and we’re looking forward to seeing him.
That’s all for now, we’ll talk later.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.