Hopkins (53-6-3-2, 32 KOs) will defend the IBF light heavyweight belt against Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“The Executioner” 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.
“I’m coming to win Saturday night and move on to bigger things,” said Hopkins, 48, who hasn’t kayoed an opponent since Oscar De La Hoya in September 2004. “I don’t want to go twelve all the time. Trust me I’m trying [for KOs], I’ve just been on a bit of a drought.”
Comparatively, Murat most recently defeated Sandro Siproshvili in June 2012 by a seventh round TKO.
“I’m ready to go,” said Murat, 30, a native of Germany. “I’m coming to fight.”
Despite being 22 years older than “Thunder,” Hopkins broke his own feat by overwhelming Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) this past spring.
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.