48-Year Old Bernard Hopkins to Defend Title Belt

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NEW YORK (AP) - Bernard Hopkins will defend his IBF light heavyweight championship against Karo Murat next month.

The fight, scheduled for July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and announced Wednesday in Manhattan, will be Hopkins' first since winning the title from Tavoris Cloud in March.

It will also mark the first time Murat, 29, will fight in North America. He has fought primarily in Germany, although he has had fights in Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Spain and England.

Hopkins, 48, was joined at the press conference by Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, Golden Boy Promotions COO David Itskowitch, and the executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza. Murat, 19 years younger than Hopkins, participated via Skype from his training camp site in Zinnowitz, Germany. He spoke through a translator.

Hopkins has a career record of 53-6-2 with 32 knockouts. Murat is 25-1-1 with 15 knockouts.