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

Kevin McRaeFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Bernard Hopkins gestures to the crowd after entering the ring to taqke on Chad Dawson in their WBC and Ring Magzine light heavyweight title fight at Staples Center on October 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Dawson was awarded a second round TKO after Hopkins injured his shoulder.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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.