After IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) gets through with his unification match against WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) in November or December, whenever they fight, trainer Angel Garcia wants the soon to be 50-year-old Hopkins to move down to down to middleweight to challenge WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Angel believes that Hopkins will beat Golovkin if that fight gets made.
“Bernard Hopkins should come down to 160 to expose Triple G,” Angel said to Thaboxingvoice.com. “I bet Bernard exposes him at 60.”
Hopkins hinted in a recent interview that he wants to fight Golovkin if he gets past Kovalev. However, Hopkins also is interested in facing WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in a unification match so that he can try and capture that last remaining 175 pound title not in his possession before he starts looking at fights outside of the division.
Hopkins also is interested in trying to get WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr to move up to 160 to face him in that division. Hopkins hasn’t fought in the middleweight division since 2005, but he says he’d drop weight to get back down to that division for a fight like Mayweather, calling it a “50-50” fight in terms of him being 50-years-old and Mayweather looking to get his 50th victory of his career.
Golovkin would likely take a fight against Hopkins if he’s able to get past Kovalev and Stevenson. It would be a fight where Hopkins would need to drop a lot of weight to make it happen, and it would definitely be a tough fight for him.
Golovkin is a bigger puncher at Hopkins, even with him fighting at 175, and it would be a very, very difficult fight for Hopkins to try and win because he’d be getting hit with some big shots to the body. Hopkins would likely make it too hard for Golovkin to focus his shots to his head, so he’d be getting hit with body shots all night and that might cause Hopkins to eventually drop his guard to protect his body. Once that happens, we might see Hopkins get chopped down.