Bernard Hopkins' mandatory IBF title defense against Karo Murat will air on Showtime after all, with the fight moved from October 19 to October 26, which frees up HBO's October 19 fight between Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov to go unopposed on the 19th.
Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO) won the IBF belt earlier this year from Tavoris Cloud, breaking his own record as the oldest man to win a world title, at age 48. Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO) will be receiving the first world title shot of his career. The German, who turns 30 on September 2, lost to Nathan Cleverly back in 2010, and he drew with Gabriel Campillo in 2011.
WBO middleweight titleholder Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (29-0, 21 KO) will be back in the ring on the card, which will take place at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. And BoxingScene.com reports that a fight between WBC super middleweight titlist Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KO) and Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs) is also possible for the show. Dirrell called out Bika recently after beating Anthony Hanshaw.