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Hopkins makes history once again
20 Apr 2014 10:10
Bernard Hopkins once again made history by becoming the oldest boxer to unify a weight division after adding the WBA light-heavyweight crown to his IBF title with a split-decision victory over Beibut Shumenov.
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Hopkins, already the oldest man to win a recognised world title, continues to confound his critics at 49 and once more beat a much younger man in Washington.
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However, a split-decision verdict - two scores of 116-111 in his favour against 114-113 in Shumenov's - did not reflect his dominance.
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The American made a typically sluggish start but came on strong from the third round onwards and knocked his 30-year-old foe down with a punishing right in the 11th.
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Hopkins, who has not stopped an opponent in nearly a decade, could not finish off the Kazakh but finished well and was given the nod to improve his record to 55 wins from 65 fights, with six defeats, two draws and two no contests.
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On the undercard, Shawn Porter put himself on a collision course with British welterweight Kell Brook this summer after retaining his IBF belt with an impressive fourth-round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi.
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Brook is the mandatory challenger for Porter's strap and it was agreed he would fight the winner of Saturday night's bout.
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Porter proved too strong for the seasoned Malignaggi, who was sent crashing through the ropes and onto the ring apron after a vicious attack from the champion, which prompted the referee to halt the contest midway through the fourth round.
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