Bernard Hopkins vs Karo Murat rescheduled for October 19 in Atlantic City

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Bernard Hopkins will defend his IBF light heavyweight title against Karo Murat on October 19 in Atlantic City, a make-up date for their canceled July bout.

Bernard Hopkins will face Karo Murat in a rescheduled fight on October 19, with the bout being moved from its original July 13 location at the Barclays Center to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Showtime will likely televise, but they have not bought the fight yet. If they do not, it could be interesting to see where Hopkins-Murat lands. FOX Sports 1 will be in full gear by then, and that could be an option.

Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO) was scheduled to make a mandatory IBF title defense against Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO), but Murat ran into visa issues, and the bout was called off. It was expected then that Hopkins would face newly-named IBF mandatory Sergey Kovalev, but Showtime didn't want that fight for whatever reason, and Kovalev instead chose to face WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly on August 17 in Wales.

So that put Bernard and the IBF back with Murat, whose visa issues are cleared up already. Now finding the fight a home on TV could be interesting, and if they have to go to pay-pe

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