Bernard Hopkins is now the IBF and WBA light-heavyweight champion following a split decision victory over Beibut Shumenov at the DC Armory in Washington on Saturday night.
After feeling Shumenov out for the first two rounds, the 49 year-old used all of his vast experience to dominate the frustrated Kazakh for the remainder of the fight, even dropping the younger fighter in the eleventh round.
Philadelphian Hopkins, who is old enough to be Shumenov’s father, had way too much in his locker and carved out another age-defying win to in what was his 65th professional contest.
Shumenov, 30, cut a forlorn figure between rounds as the bewilderment on his face was evident throughout, with Hopkins further extending his record as the oldest world champion of all time to the delight of the DC crowd.
Over six thousand cheered ‘The Alien’ to a 55th career triumph, although Panamanian judge Gustavo Padilla amazingly came back with a score of 114-113 to Shumenov. The other two scorers correctly gave Hopkins the fight 116-111 to cement his status as the best 175lb fighter on the planet, although another bad judging call took a little of the shine off.
I scored the fight 118-109. Click here to view the full scorecard.
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