Boxer Bernard Hopkins, the IBF light heavyweight champion, speaks with the media during news conference at Grand Central Terminal, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in New York. Hopkins is scheduled to defend his title against Karo Murat at the Barclays Center on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Nat Castaneda)

Bernard Hopkins' upcoming fight at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall will be held a week later than expected.

Caesars Entertainment consultant Ken Condon announced Thursday that Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs) will defend his IBF light-heavyweight championship against Germany's Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) on Oct. 26 instead of Oct. 19.

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Hopkins' promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, requested the switch. No reason was given.

Hopkins, 48, will be fighting in Atlantic City for the 18th time in his 23-year boxing career. He made his professional debut at Resorts Casino Hotel on Oct. 11, 1988, losing a four-round, unanimous decision to Clinton Mitchell. He has a 15-2 record there, however, including big victories over former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik in 2008.

Murat will be fighting in the U.S. for the first time. He is the mandatory challenger in the IBF ratings.

Ticket information will be available at a later date.

Hopkins-Murat will be the third major fight held at Boardwalk Hall this year, following Adrien Broner-Gavin Rees on Feb. 16 and Lucas Matthysse-Lamont Peterson on May 18. Condon and Caesars Entertainment were hoping to host Matthysse's Sept. 14 bout against fellow junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia, of Philadelphia, but the arena is unavailable because of the Miss America. As a result, that fight will be held in Las Vegas.



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