Tonight at 9:00 pm EDT on Showtime, BoxNation, and streaming live in the UK for BoxNation subscribers at LiveSport.TV, Bernard Hopkins defends his IBF light heavyweight title in the main event against Karo Murat, with a middleweight title fight and a heavyweight feature also on the bill.
The 48-year-old "Alien" Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO) is the heavy favorite tonight, with seemingly no advantage for Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO), a credible fighter and decent B-level contender, but simply a class or two below the legendary Philly native. For once, nobody out there is picking against Bernard based on age or any perceived stylistic problems. This is a fight Hopkins is fully expected to win handily, and he says he's aiming for his first KO win since 2004.
Peter Quillin (29-0, 21 KO) will defend his WBO middleweight title against Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KO) in a fight that has become somewhat personal for both fighters, it appears, with plenty of pre-fight trash talk that should be expected to resolve itself in the ring and result in bro-hugs and whatnot when all is said and done. These guys both know how to talk and they want to sell their fight. Smart money is it's only that deep. It's considered the best matchup on the card, though Quillin is the clear favorite to retain his belt.
In the opening TV bout, big heavyweight Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO) looks to continue his dominance over the world's club fighters as he faces Nicolai Firtha (21-10-1, 8 KO) in a 10-round fight that figures to not last more than three.