Bun B. to Open For Boxer Bernard Hopkins

Rapper Bun B, a

Port Arthur, Texas Hip-Hop staple, has been elected as the opening performer for Bernard

Hopkins, a middleweight boxing great who is preparing to face reigning light

heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver.

"It’s an honor

to be able to be part of a legends career in this way," Bun B said in a

statement. "I’m honored to be able to walk with him."

Bun B has already

started recording a special song and prepping a show to open the event, which

takes place June 10 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The fight will conclude

months of spirited banter between the two boxers.

Hopkins (46-4-1

32KOs) recently told USA Today that he would like to end his career with a victory

over Tarver. "I will win this fight over Antonio Tarver, cement my legacy

and finish my career in a fashion where no one will ever forget what I brought

to the boxing ring," he said.

Hopkins, known

as "The Executioner," has been a dominant force in the middleweight

division for the past decade, but makes a dramatic step up in weight when he

faces Tarver (24-3-0 24KOs) in the 12-round light heavyweight championship bout.

With his natural

size advantage, Tarver expects to keep Hopkins from his championship goal. Hopkins

lost his last two fights to Jermain Taylor.

"I hope he

comes and fights like he talks. I’m gonna be right there on him. If Bernard

comes and fights like he talks, the people and fans get ready for an electrifying

night…This fight isn’t gonna last past 6 rounds," Tarver said in a

pre-fight interview with HBO. "I’m out to destroy Bernard Hopkins."

The fight, deemed

the "Fight to the Finish," will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View,

beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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