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[Gallery] Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev Weigh-In Results x Predictions

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- The weigh-in is in the books for tonight's big matchup between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev. There were no weight issues and hopefully no excuses come Sunday morning. Below are the results...

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The weigh-in is in the books for tonight’s big matchup between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev. There were no weight issues and hopefully no excuses come Sunday morning. Below are the results.

 

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HOPKINS: 173.5 LBS.

KOVALEV: 174.5 LBS.

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PREDICTION: The way Hopkins has been getting hit over his last few fights (Murat, Shumenov), I have no issues with anyone predicting Kovalev by knockout. The Krusher is not only a big puncher, he is very precise and skillful in the way he sets up his offense (unlike recent Hopkins opponents in Jean Pascal and Tavoris Cloud). He can hurt you with precise single shots to the body, or totally disrupt your senses with sharp crosses upstairs.

Despite all this, I have to go with Hopkins by close majority decision. His track record against punchers is pristine. Kovalev isn’t as athletic nor as active as fighters like Jermain Taylor, Joe Calzaghe or a prime Roy Jones (fighters that historically have given Hopkins fits). I have questions about Kovalev’s ability to stay composed under B-Hop’s roughhouse and illegal tactics, and more importantly his stamina (he was noticeably winded by the middle rounds against Cedric Agnew and had some issues with the speed of the counters shots).

Hopkins will get hurt several times (probably early), but he’s smart enough to survive and I expect him to start controlling the pace and winning the exchanges from about round nine to the finish. HOPKINS MAJORITY DECISION

 

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ALI: 146 LBS.

ABREGU: 146.5 LBS

PREDICTION: This is a BIG step up for Sadam Ali. The Brooklyn native and five-year pro is literally making a leap from facing a roughly Top 100 welterweight in Jeremy Bryan (Writer’s Note: Ali won by split decision after being hurt but dropping Bryan in the 9th) in his last fight to a Top 20 guy at worst in Abregu. The Argentinian has lived up to his country’s reputation of producing big punchers, as he’s KO’d all but one of his last seven opponents since losing a decision to Timothy Bradley in 2010. One of those scalps was another talented prospect in Thomas Dulorme, who was disposed of in seven rounds back in 2012.

I’ll be surprised if Ali even gets that far. Abregu is crafty and hungry to get back into serious contention. He never got the chance to follow-up his HBO win over Dulorme, so I expect him to make an example out of Ali. ABREGU TKO5

 

Hopkins vs. Kovalev airs on HBO at 10:45 p.m. ET

 

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