Bernard Hopkins has shown that the contract to fight the Welshman Joe Calzaghe in April will be signed “by the middle of next week no later than “.
“Super Fight ” Between the two has been on the cards for several months and has gathered pace in Ricky Hatton’s fight with Floyd Mayweather last month when they squared on the weigh-in.
Hopkins, 42, is widely regarded as the best light heavyweight in the world, while the undeniable super-middleweight champion Calzaghe has reigned supreme for the last 10 years.
Hopkins has also shown that the fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay or MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and is scheduled for 11 or 12 April.
“It’s another year, and another chapter, and I’m looking to start it with a big bang sometime in the spring ,” he said
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“I believe the date is 11 or 12 April. I know, I’m just looking for this to happen. I don’t believe anything is signed yet.
“I received an email from Arnold Joseph and Richard Schaefer (from Hopkins promoter, Golden Boy Promotions) saying that we have an oral agreement. I could say verbal agreements have risen over the last five years of my career. ”
Hopkins admitted that he expected the deal to be negotiated today, but is still sure that it will be completed next week.
“They have expressed to me that we have a deal, and I am waiting for an official confirmation no later than Monday,” he added. “I was hoping to hear something yesterday or today, but I expect things to be wrapped by the middle of next week no later. “