Bernard Hopkins Will make the first defence of his IBF light heavyweight title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y on July 13. Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer broke the news on ESPN.com Monday.
"The fight was made and we were looking for a date and we were holding July 13 at the Barclays Center for quite a while for a fight," Schaefer told ESPN. "I talked to Murat’s promoter, Chris Myer from Sauerland Event, and they are OK with the date and I talked to Bernard and he was OK with it also, so since everyone was fine with it why not get it done? So I am finalizing everything for that date in that building."
The fight will be televised on Showtime.
The 48 year old Hopkins became the oldest world champion in history on March 9 when he claimed the IBF crown from fellow American Tavoris Cloud.
"The people at the Barclays Center are excited to have Bernard Hopkins back and Bernard is excited to go back to the Barclays Center," Schaefer added. "He told me he is already training for the fight."