Bernard Hopkins Makes History, Becomes Oldest Man to Win World Title
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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.
That'll do it for us tonight boxing fans. We hope you enjoyed our live coverage of Bernard Hopkins historic world championship victory over Tavoris Cloud live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
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Hopkins in the ring after the fight: I have a history of screwing young champions. Love it!
An absolutely amazing night at the Barclays Center. Hopkins gets a deserved victory, makes history yet again, and proves that he is one of the greatest fighters not just of this but of any era.
And the scorecards are in...
116-112, 117-111, 116-112
for the winner and NEW IBF light heavyweight champion...
BERNARD "THE EXECUTIONER" HOPKINS!!!!!
We have seen HISTORY!!
And we'll go to the scorecards...Hopkins wins 8-4, 116-112 on my card. Should be history in the making.
Only Hopkins can stand right in front of you and make it impossible to hit him.â€” FightNights.comâ„¢ (@boxing) March 10, 2013
One more minute in Tavoris Cloud's reign...
3 more mins to hear and the "NEW"â€” Peter Quillin (@KIDCHOCOLATE) March 10, 2013
Should seem that way...
Gave Cloud the 11th to make it 7-4 in rounds...but Hopkins clearly seems in command in the fight.
Final round...got B-Hops ahead but scoring could be all kinda screwy...
Cloud seems like the aim on his punches are offâ€” Peter Quillin (@KIDCHOCOLATE) March 10, 2013
Hopkins amazingly has been just outmoving the young champion...this is the kind of fight that ruins a kids confidence.
They should do some sort of tournament with all the younger, supposedly stronger and better champions that Bernard Hopkins has beaten over the years...Pavlik, Pascal, on the way to beating Cloud...
Two rounds to go and Bernard Hopkins is inching closer to another world title. 7-3, 97-93 going into the championship rounds.
How can it be that what Hopkins is doing both amazes and bores me?â€” Martin Mulcahey (@MartinMulcahey) March 10, 2013
Hopkins is NOT boring tonight. He's fighting when he needs to and toying with the kid when he wants to.
The ninth was another Hopkins round. 6-3, 87-84 as we enter the championship rounds.
Hopkins jab and amazingly movement are the differences in this fight. Cloud is doing a lot of chasing but having some hard time hitting B-Hops with anything clean.
Have Hopkins 77-75 after the eighth round. Cloud was busier in the eighth so he got that one.
All joking aside...how does this guy do it. Bernard Hopkins is 48-years-old and making Tavoris Cloud fight his fight in every aspect. Gave Cloud the eighth but still an amazing job so far from Hopkins.
The official call is accidental headbutt but the tv replay clearly shows a clean punch by Hopkinsâ€” Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) March 10, 2013
And why doesn't boxing have replay again?
Hopkins takes round seven and leads 5-2, 78-75 on my card.
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