Bernard Hopkins makes weight in advance of Saturday's title fight

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Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins is preparing for his March 9 challenge of IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud. (Alex Brandon/AP file photo)

Bernard Hopkins weighed in on Friday afternoon at 174.4 pounds in advance of his Saturday night 12-round title fight against IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud.

The 31-year-old Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) weighed in at 173.8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the fight will be held and televised on HBO. The weight limit is 175 pounds.

The 48-year-old Hopkins is 52-6-2, 32 knockouts.

"I'm going to make sure that I put some big boots on and I'm not going to open the door," Hopkins said. "I'm going to kick the door open."

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