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Bernard Hopkins feeling confident ahead of Beibut Shumenov bout

IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is confident that he can beat Beibut Shumenov and become the oldest man to unify major titles, at 49.

Bernard Hopkins is confident that he will beat Beibut Shumenov and become the oldest boxer to unify major titles this weekend.

The 49-year-old IBF light-heavyweight champion takes on the WBA super belt holder tomorrow, as he continues to defy his age.

Hopkins insisted that the best Shumenov can offer will bring out the best in himself.

"He's motivated to fight me, he said he's been dreaming of this his whole life," Hopkins told reporters. "Understand one thing, be careful what you wish for.

"Get ready for school, student. No disrespect, it's logic. I am the professor with a PhD.

"This is a defence of my legacy. I know he's coming to fight. The best of him will bring out the very best in me. I want him to come and try to win every round."

Hopkins faces Shumenov in Washington on Saturday night.

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US boxer Bernard Hopkins speaks during a press conference in Washington,DC on March 11, 2014
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