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Bernard Hopkins Makes History, Becomes Oldest Man to Win World Title

Can the Executioner turn back the clock one more time and capture a world title at 48?
Can the Executioner turn back the clock one more time and capture a world title at 48?Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2013

Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO) once again turned back the clock and again became the oldest man to ever win a world championship when he took the IBF light heavyweight title from Tavoris Cloud by unanimous decision.

Scores were 116-112, 116-112, 117-111 all for the 48-year-old Hopkins who controlled the pace and distance of the fight from the opening round.

Hopkins used Cloud's aggression against him and was able to utilize movement and counter-punching to frustrate the younger fighter. 

With the victory Hopkins becomes the oldest man to ever win a world championship and wrote another stunning chapter in the legacy of a man that will go down as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.

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