Hopkins set for Murat defence on July 13

10/05/2013 13:43

Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2) will make the first defence of his IBF light heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Karo Murat (25-1-1) of Germany at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y on July 13.

The 48-year-old Hopkins became the oldest world champion in history when he decisioned fellow American Tavoris Cloud on March 9 to claim the IBF strap.

Murat, who is of Armenian descent, will be fighting in the United States for the first time.

Hopkins said "Murat has nothing to lose. If Murat falls, he is not losing to some 48-year-old guy. He's losing to the sport's oldest world champion."

In facing Hopkins, Murat is getting what is likely the biggest opportunity of his career, because any win over Hopkins at this point holds a strong chance that it will be the win that retires the legend, and that would be quite a claim for any fighter.

Undefeated featherweight Gary Russell Jr (22-0), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, will likely be on the undercard.