Record-breaking Hopkins defies odds to win world title at age of 48
10:19 GMT, 10 March 2013
10:53 GMT, 10 March 2013
Bernard Hopkins broke his own record again by becoming the oldest man to win a world title after beating Tavoris Cloud on points to claim the IBF light-heavyweight crown.
Hopkins (53-6-2, 32KO wins) benefited when Cloud was cut over his left eye in the sixth round, which the referee ruled an accidental clash of heads but replays showed the gnarled veteran opening up the wound with a left hook.
Record: Bernard Hopkins (left) connects with a punch on Tavoris Cloud during their IBF light heavyweight fight
Fighting spirit: Bernard Hopkins poses for a photo after claiming the title at the grand old age of 48
The 48-year-old, who has been linked
with a bout against Wales' Nathan Cleverly, took control against his
fellow American thereafter and was victorious by scores of 117-111,
116-112, 116-112 to the delight of fans in the Barclays Center, New
The former undisputed middleweight champion first became the oldest boxer to hold a portion of the world title when he defeated Canada's Jean Pascal for the WBC light-heavyweight championship in May 2011.
Back-foot: Hopkins (left) tries to fend off a punch from Tavoris Cloud during the first round with the
Endurance: An exchange of blows between Cloud (left) and an upright Hopkins
He was comfortably beaten by Chad Dawson
in April last year – leading many to speculate his retirement – but his
latest victory has once more galvanised his career.
Bobbing and weaving: Cloud (right) tries to avoid another big swing from Hopkins
Conversing: Hopkins (right) and Cloud give each other their opinions just after the enthralling fight
Loving life: The legendary boxing promoter Don King watching on with glee at the result