Hopkins vs Murat: Karo Murat says he'll 'hurt' Bernard

Haenson

Karo Murat is excited that he'll be getting a shot at the legendary Bernard Hopkins next, and says he's going to come prepared for the major opportunity.

With Bernard Hopkins confirming that he will make an IBF mandatory title defense against Karo Murat next, the 29-year-old German is elated that he'll be getting the big-time opportunity to make a huge career mark, and says he'll prepare the way Hopkins does, and "hurt" the 48-year-old champion:

"Hopkins proved that he doesn't belong to the old guard," said Murat, who will be fighting in America for the first time. "I will do everything I can to be in the best shape possible. I am really looking forward to it. Fighting in the States will be a very special occasion in my career.

"I will hurt Hopkins. I have the same attitude as he does. I don't just train hard, but I train the right way. He is going to feel that."

Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO) has an obviously massive chance to become something of a star here, as a win over Hopkins would make him main event material back home in Germany, and open him up big-time to the U.S. market, too. His only career loss came to Nathan Cleverly in 2010, and while he's a solid fighter, he will and should be a major underdog against Hopkins.

Does Murat have a chance against "The Executioner," or will he be taken to the old school?

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