Bernard Hopkins is readying to defend the IBF light heavyweight belt against German Karo Murat on October 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

The 48-year-old Hopkins (53-6-3-2, 32 KOs) was initially slated to fight the 30-year-old Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) October 19.

However, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer wisely rescheduled to avoid competing with an exciting match that same night between Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.

Hopkins last vacated the squared circle on March 9 after universally outscoring Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud to become the oldest pugilist to ever capture a major world title.

Despite being 22 years older than “Thunder,” Hopkins broke his own feat by overwhelming Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) this past spring.

Comparatively, Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) most recently defeated Sandro Siproshvili in June 2012 by a seventh round TKO.

A former two-weight world titleholder and reformed ex-convict, Hopkins safeguarded his middleweight crown a record 20 straight times from 1995 through 2005.

Although a quasi-geriatric, “The Executioner” remains a defensive virtuoso with an insatiable appetite for winning.

Continuing to defy Father Time, Bernard Hopkins will easily trump Karo Murat on the cards a month from this evening.

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