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Hopkins' next bout set

Philadelphia Bernard Hopkins. (Tim Larsen/AP file)
Philadelphia Bernard Hopkins. (Tim Larsen/AP file)

BERNARD HOPKINS, at 49 the oldest titleholder in boxing history, will fight again, and he will try to unify light-heavyweight belts.

Hopkins will fight Beibut Shumenov on April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, according to Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer. The bout will be shown on Showtime.

Schaefer told ESPN.com that both fighters have agreed to terms of the bout.

Hopkins is 54-6-2 with 32 knockouts. He turned 49 in January. He last fought against Karo Murat on Oct. 26 at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall and won by unanimous decision.

Shumenov, 30, is 14-1 with nine knockouts.

"I'm very excited that this year is going to be one of making more history," Hopkins told ESPN.com.

"I love being in position to do what no other fighter has done at this age. I'm excited and I'm coming for his belt because I want to unify the titles."

 

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