Bernard Hopkins to face Karo Murat in July

American boxing legend Bernard Hopkins will be putting his International Boxing Federation or the IBF Light Heavyweight Championship belt on the line against Karo Murat in July.

The fight will take place on the 13th of July at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn in New York and will be the first time that legendary boxer will put his title on the line since he successfully managed to secure it from the grasp of Tavoris Cloud just last March.

That win over Cloud made Hopkins the oldest ever boxer to win a boxing title. He had already won three Light Heavyweight titles after he had turned 40 years old and he also holds the record for being the longest reigning Middleweight champion in the history of professional boxing. But the match against was not something that the 48 year old Bernard Hopkins was hoping for and he was giving enough hints about wanting to face the International Boxing Federation or the IBF and World Boxing Association or the WBA Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch after his win against Mikkel Kessler.

However, all hopes that he had of landing a fight against the Englishman have been dashed with the IBF ordering him to face the mandatory challenger Murat before he made any plans of his own in the future. This fight will also mark the first time that Murat will have a fight in North America. He primarily uses Germany as his base although he has had fights in Spain, Russia, Switzerland, England as well as Austria.

Bernard Hopkins has a career record of 53-6-2 with 32 of those victories coming via knockout where as Murat has a record of 25-1-1. And although not many people are giving Murat much of a chance against Hopkins, he is still one to be wary of.