Thursday, May 23, 2013
Hopkins-Froch in the future?
By Dan Rafael
Bernard Hopkins is open to the idea of a catchweight fight with super middleweight titlist Carl Froch.
Super middleweight titlist Carl Froch of England will certainly have his hands full when he faces fellow titleholder Mikkel Kessler of Denmark in a rematch on Saturday (HBO, 6 p.m. ET) at the sold-out O2 Arena in London.
Froch lost the first fight in 2010 by competitive decision in Kessler's home country, although he is the favorite in the sequel. Meanwhile, light heavyweight titlist Bernard Hopkins, who won his title in March by outpointing Tavoris Cloud to become -- at age 48 -- the oldest fighter to win a world title (breaking his own record set at age 46), will make a mandatory defense against Karo Murat of Germany on July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
But if Froch and Hopkins both win their upcoming fights, they said they would welcome a fight with each other.
It would be an interesting fight, in my view, and clearly be an entertaining promotion given how both guys like to run their mouths.
Hopkins began throwing Froch's name around after beating Cloud -- even saying he would go to England for the fight -- and Froch heard about it.
"I've heard that and, you know, I look up to Bernard Hopkins," Froch said. "I think he's a great ambassador for the sport. I think he's been around too long, but he's still doing it, so you can't knock him for it. And, you know, one day in the future, it would be an honor to fight somebody like that."
Froch said there would be one stipulation for the fight to be possible: It would have to be at a catch weight, because he said he has no intention of going to 175 pounds for the bout.
"I feel I know how to beat him," Froch said. "But it's one step at a time. But I'll have you know, I'm not a light heavyweight. So he's going to have to come down to a catch weight. I don't expect him to do super middle [168 pounds], but don't expect me to do light heavyweight."
When Hopkins met with media members in Atlantic City, N.J., last week before the Lucas Matthysse-Lamont Peterson fight, he was told about Froch's remarks and a smile came to his face.
"I accept," Hopkins said, noting that he has agreed to catch weight fights in the past, dropping a few pounds for his wins against Kelly Pavlik and Winky Wright. He said he would be happy to do it for a fight with Froch, as well.
"We could do 171, 172. I'm in," Hopkins said. "I did it for Pavlik. I did it for Winky Wright, cutting down. Let's do [the fight] either there [in Froch's native England] or here [in the United States.] Let's go where the money is."
Keep in mind that a Hopkins-Froch fight is possible because Hopkins promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, which promotes Froch, get along just fine and made last week's Devon Alexander-Lee Purdy welterweight title fight together.
Hopkins said he would also be interested in a fight with Kessler "but I don't see him winning" against Froch. Hopkins admitted that he picked Lucian Bute to beat Froch when they met last year, but Froch wound up knocking Bute out.
He said doing a fight with Froch would make for a two-way promotion because Hopkins would not have to carry the promotional load like he has to do in recent fights with opponents who lack personality or name recognition, such as Cloud, two fights with Chad Dawson and Murat.
"He has a personality, and I don't have to do all the work," Hopkins said.