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Hopkins outclasses Shumenov to unify titles

Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime

Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime

Bernard Hopkins just keeps on defying the odds and adding records to his already Hall of Fame-bound career.  At age 49, Hopkins tonight became the oldest man to unify titles.

Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) was again brilliant, even if you’re not into his style of fighting, as he completely outclassed Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) to take his WBA title and retain his IBF belt.

The man who calls himself “The Alien” was tougher to find than Area 51 for Shumenov, who started off well in the first few rounds, if only because Hopkins didn’t do much of anything, but after the fourth round, it was clear that this was going to be another B-Hop show.

Hopkins bided his time, and began to counter with lead right hands, which nearly landed at will.  Shumenov looked confused and without any tactics to fall back on, and perhaps if he had bothered to bring a trainer to the fight, it might not have mattered.  It was clear as day that Hopkins’ experience and guile were going to be too much and in the 11th round, Hopkins nearly took out Shumenov, after putting him on the canvas with one of those nasty right hands.  In the final round, Hopkins toyed with Shumenov and appeared to have the fight well in hand.

Strangely enough, the decision turned out to be a split decision, as two judges had it correctly for Hopkins with scores of 116-112, but judge Gustavo Padilla somehow scored it 114-113 for Shumenov, in one of the worst scores of the year, or any year for that matter.

Fortunately the other two judges got it right, and Hopkins walked away with two titles.  3MoreRounds had it 117-110 for Hopkins.

After the fight, Hopkins said he would fly to Canada to look for fellow titlist Adonis Stevenson for his next bout.

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