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Murat: The time is now to beat Hopkins, clinching is the state of his game

German challenger Karo Murat says he likes his chances to be the one to derail 48-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins when they fight on Saturday night in Atlantic City. “I’m 30 years old now, and I’m physically and mentally on top of my game,” stated Murat in the lead up to the fight. “The time is now to beat Hopkins. When Hopkins fought Cloud, a lot of people already said that the time had come, that he’s going to lose and going to retire, but he schooled him and showed the world that he’s still ready and a good 48-year-old boxer. But I’m going to surprise a lot of people, and as I see it, he had his first pro fight in 1998 in Atlantic City. And so he has to see that the time has come. We are fighting again in Atlantic City, so it will be a good closing out for him to finally retire by the hands of mine.”

Murat also stated, “As a person, you see that [Hopkins] is growing old because of his gray hair and his gray beard. I saw in the fight versus Cloud that Bernard has pretty much the experience that none other boxer has, but you see that he’s just trying to get one punch or a one-two combination of it and then clinch. Clinching is the state of his game!”

When asked how he will stop Hopkins from clinching, Murat said, “I can’t say how I will do it, but I guarantee you that I will do it.”




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