(NEW YORK) — 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins won the IBF light heavyweight title on Saturday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud at the Barcalys Center in Brooklyn.
With the victory, Hopkins becomes the oldest boxer to win a major championship. He breaks the previous record which he set in 2011, when at the age 46 he defeated Jean Pascal to win the WBC light heavyweight title.
The fight was slow paced until the sixth round when Hopkins opened a cut above Cloud’s left eyelid, which referee Earl Brown ruled it an accidental head-butt. However, replays seemed to indicate the injury was caused by a left hook from Hopkins.
Hopkins would go on to take control of the fight, landing outside jabs and inside punches. According to CompuBox statistics, Hopkins connected with 169 of 417 (41 percent) punches while Cloud landed 139 of 650 (21 percent).
Hopkins improves to 53-6-2 while Cloud falls to 19-1.
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