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Bernard Hopkins Outpoints Karo Murat, Retains IBF Title
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Bernard Hopkins Outpoints Karo Murat, Retains IBF Title

Oct 29 2013, 1:18am CDT | by

48-year-old Bernard Hopkins, the oldest world champion in boxing history, retained his IBF light heavyweight title belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over German Karo Murat on Saturday.

Bernard Hopkins continues to defy logic by beating Germany's Karo Murat on Saturday to retain his IBF light heavyweight crown.The 48-year-old Hopkins, already the oldest world champion in boxing...

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Bernard Hopkins Outpoints Karo Murat, Retains IBF Title

Oct 29 2013, 1:18am CDT | by

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48-year-old Bernard Hopkins, the oldest world champion in boxing history, retained his IBF light heavyweight title belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over German Karo Murat on Saturday.

Bernard Hopkins continues to defy logic by beating Germany's Karo Murat on Saturday to retain his IBF light heavyweight crown.

The 48-year-old Hopkins, already the oldest world champion in boxing history, defeated Murat by unanimous decision in front of 6,324 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City when he gained momentum and the upper hand in the latter rounds. The final scores from the judges read 119-108, 119-108 and 117-110. 

The champion wanted to go for the knockout but couldn't pull it off, giving credit to his opponent for his toughness.

"I really wanted the knockout, but he was tough. You know you've got to take some punches. Yeah, I have a little bit of blood on me, but this is what they want to see. They wanted to see the knockout, so I took some shots." 

Hopkins first became the oldest fighter to win a world title two years ago when he beat Canadian Jean Pascal by unanimous decision in a rematch held in Montreal. The win eclipsed the previous record held by George Foreman.

On the other hand, Murat thought a cut over his left eye was his biggest impediment. He said, "Bernard is a good boxer. But I know if it was not due to these cuts, I would have been in better shape and I could have won." 

The fight started out slowly in typical Hopkins fashion, featuring several clinches which he initiated. Murat made his presence felt in the third round with a solid right hand, which Hopkins countered with a right of his own. 

Hopkins showed off his flamboyant side in the fifth round when Murat had his back turned on him after a clinch. The champion kissed Murat on the neck and on the back of his head to the delight of the crowd in attendance. 

In the sixth, referee Steve Smoger issued a warning to Murat after he hit Hopkins twice when the latter was on the mat after a slip. 

Hopkins then unleashed a powerful left-right combination followed by a body shot in the seventh. He continued to dominate Murat with several hard left hooks which prompted the champion to yell at his challenger's corner to stop the fight. 

However, Murat would not go away easily. He denied Hopkins his first knockout victory since he stopped Oscar de la Hoya in 2004 for the undisputed middleweight championship. 

For the fight, ESPN's Dan Rafael reported on Oct. 28 that Hopkins connected with 44 percent accuracy (247 of 565 punches) as opposed to Murat's 30 percent (147 of 486). 

Hopkins upped his record to 54-6-2 while Murat fell to 25-2-1. 

 

 


 
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[Prediction League] Week 2 + results

Nov 5 2014 12:34am CST | Source: reddit boxing

As promised here are the write ups for the fights this week Hey everyone, We're back for week 2 of predictions for November. If you didn't see how it works check this thread for all the details. Last week Scott was the banana skin the slipped up most of the league, so congratulations to the 4 of you who picked correctly on that one. More props to the 3 of you who won the Joker bonus. The whole of October nob ...
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The Rodney Dangerfield of Boxing: Bernard Hopkins aka Bhop

Nov 4 2014 7:24am CST | Source: eastsideboxing

By Dapadre Rodney Dangerfield made the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect” famous. Bernard Hopkins must be thinking the same. This coming weekend Bhop goes up against hard hitting WBO Lt. Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev, which is an intriguing matchup. Can the hard hitting Kovalev catch Bhop and make him pay or will Bhop once again figure out how to win? The predictions are pretty much [...]You just finished reading The Ro ...
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The Fight Game with Jim Lampley: Bernard Hopkins

Nov 3 2014 7:48pm CST | Source: reddit boxing

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Hopkins: Race to blame for lack of coverage

Nov 3 2014 1:52pm CST | Source: ESPN.com - Boxing

Unified light heavyweight titlist Bernard Hopkins believes race is the reason his pursuit of history hasn't been a bigger story outside of box ...
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Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin Fighting Saturday night under brighter lights

Nov 3 2014 9:34am CST | Source: eastsideboxing

Boxing 24/7Boxing 24/7Undefeated lightweight prospect Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin (8-0, 4 KOs) will be fighting under much brighter lights this Saturday night in a non-televised fight on HBO World Championship Boxing, featuring the world light heavyweight unification headliner between living legend Bernard Hopkins and Russian knockout special, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Martin, a 12-time national amateur champion [...]This article is copyright © 2014  ...
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Hopkins vs Kovalev, Sturm vs Stieglitz, Adamek vs Szpilka, more: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for Nov. 6-8

Nov 2 2014 8:00am CST | Source: bad left hook

Several world titles are on the line this week, with Bernard Hopkins taking on Sergey Kovalev in the week's centerpiece bout on Saturday night. Thursday, November 6 Channel 7 (THA), 6:00 am EST, Oswaldo Novoa vs Wanheng Menayothin. Novoa will be defending the WBC strawweight title against Wanheng in this one, with the Thai fighter getting his first world title shot. Wanheng is unbeaten (35-0, 11 KO) and may well be the fa ...
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Perfect Execution: Footwork with Bernard Hopkins

Nov 1 2014 5:09pm CDT | Source: reddit boxing

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