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Bernard Hopkins vs Arthur Abraham still being negotiated

Though Arthur Abraham has a title defense to make first, his promoter says they're still discussing a 2016 fight with Bernard Hopkins.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Bernard Hopkins may yet get another world title shot, and a chance to become a world champion in a third division. Kalle Sauerland tells that he's still speaking with Golden Boy Promotions about a possible early 2016 fight between Hopkins and WBO super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham, a fight that has been rumored for a bit now.

Hopkins, who would be 51 when the fight actually happens, hasn't fought since getting dominated by Sergey Kovalev in November 2014, and is looking to move down to super middleweight, a division he skipped when he jumped from middleweight to light heavyweight back in 2006.

Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KO) really wasn't competitive at all against Kovalev, who dropped "The Alien" in the first round and had Hopkins' number for the remaining 11 rounds, too. But he had won three straight prior to that, beating Tavoris Cloud, Karo Murat, and Beibut Shumenov in 2013-14. Abraham may be the world's best super middleweight (if Andre Ward stays at 175, anyway), but he's closer to the level of those guys than he is Kovalev.

Abraham (43-4, 29 KO) has a title defense set for November 21 in Germany, with no opponent set as of now. It's also possible that Hopkins could schedule some sort of tune-up bout between now and the targeted February/March date for a fight with Abraham, as we saw him do back in 2009 when he fought Enrique Ornelas in Philadelphia between his 2008 win over Kelly Pavlik and regrettable 2010 rematch with Roy Jones Jr.

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