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At the seasoned age of 48, most professional boxers have hung up the gloves. But Bernard Hopkins bettered his own record as the oldest man to win a world boxing title, claiming the IBF light heavyweight crown with a convincing victory against an opponent 17 years his junior. That’s right the 48-year-old boxer claimed a unanimous decision against 31-year-old Tavoris Cloud, winning 116-112, 116-112, and 117-111 on the judges’ cards at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to eclipse his 2011 WBC light heavyweight title victory over Jean Pascal at the age of 46.
Now that’s how you do it.
“I wanted to show the forty-and-up club still rules,” the Philadelphia-born fighter added. “(Trainer) Naazim (Richardson) told me what to do, I stuck to the game plan, it was trying to throw combination punches, and throw them often,” Hopkins said after improving his record to 53-6-2 (32 KOs).
Hopkins made his professional debut in 1988, the start of an illustrious career which included a decade-long reign as the world middleweight champion.
Hopkins also managed to open a cut on Cloud’s left eye in round six with a short left hook even though referee Earl Brown ruled it to be from an accidental headbutt. Cloud, who subsequently complained of an elbow problem, sustained a cut on his right eyelid as well in the 12th round from a clash of heads.
“I have a history of destroying young champions and then we don’t see them again. Not sure if you’ll see Cloud again,” Hopkins said after handing his opponent a first loss in 25 bouts.