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Bernard Hopkins wins the IBF light-heavyweight title against Tavoris Cloud

Record-breaking Hopkins defies odds to win world title at age of 48

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

10:19 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

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

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

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
York.

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

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

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

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

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

Loving life: The legendary boxing promoter Don King watching on with glee at the result

Adrian Morley looking to win the double for Warrington

Double vision: Morley eyes a unique feat for Warrington just months after fearing his career was over

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UPDATED:

14:20 GMT, 5 October 2012

Warrington captain Adrian Morley feared his career was over earlier this year but is now hoping to end the season on a personal high by leading his side to the elusive double.

The Wolves will go to Old Trafford on Saturday as firm favourites to repeat their Wembley win over Leeds and become only the third club in the Super League era to win the Grand Final trophy and the Challenge Cup in the same season.

The 35-year-old former Sydney Rooster, who is already the only British player to have won Grand Finals on both sides of the world, will make more history by taking over from Paul Anderson as the oldest man to play in a Super League Grand Final.

Grandest finale: Morley (left) and Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield pose with the Super League trophy at Old Trafford

Grandest finale: Morley (left) and Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield pose with the Super League trophy at Old Trafford

Yet running out at Old Trafford was the last thought on Morley's mind back in the summer when he seriously contemplated hanging up his boots after specialists were unable to get to the bottom of an eye injury.

'I went to two or three specialists and they couldn't diagnose what it was,' he said.

'They said don't play with double vision but there was double vision all the time virtually.

'It got to the point when I sat down with (coach) Tony Smith and said this could potentially be career-ending. It was a very sobering thought.

'It was disappointing just to have the conversation but I got my head around it and thought 'if that's it, then so be it'.

Comeback kid: Morley, 35, believed his career was over when doctors were unable to fully diagnose an eye injury earlier this year

Comeback kid: Morley, 35, believed his career was over when doctors were unable to fully diagnose an eye injury earlier this year

'I was 34 at the time and the more I thought about it I realised I had had a good career, so I couldn't really complain.

'I had a couple of weeks thinking 'this could be it' but, luckily, another specialist had a look at it and said 'I think I can help you'.

'I had the operation and, although it wasn't 100%, it was miles better than it was and then I had a little top-up operation this year and it's fine now.'

Morley subsequently signed a new contract with his club for 2013 and the good news continued this week when he was named in England coach Steve McNamara's 24-man squad for a training camp in South Africa and the autumn internationals.

He became the most capped British player in rugby league history last November when he made his 50th international appearance in England's Four Nations final defeat by Australia but his Test career looked to be over when he was ignored for the mid-season matches against the Exiles.

We've made it: Morley after Warrington beat St Helens to reach the Grand Final

We've made it: Morley after Warrington beat St Helens to reach the Grand Final

'That was disappointing,' Morley said. 'I had a bad neck as well as the eye problem so it was frustrating because they determined my performances.

'It's not been a vintage year from me by any means and it wasn't a total surprise when I didn't make the squad for the Exiles games but it knocked my confidence.

'Without wanting to sound big-headed, I'd been in virtually every international squad for the last decade or so.

'But I made it a goal to try and get my performances back to the level where I am picked on form.

'You don't want to be picked on reputation or anything like that so to have made the squad I'm delighted.

'I've been speaking to Steve quite a bit and I'd love to represent England again. It's a really big honour for me.'

Before packing his bags for South Africa, however, Morley is aiming to help deliver Warrington their first championship for 57 years after reaching their maiden Grand Final.

At the Double: Warrington are favourites to beat Leeds again and add the Super League to their Challenge Cup win in August

At the Double: Warrington are favourites to beat Leeds again and add the Super League to their Challenge Cup win in August

'For a club as big as Warrington, it's too long really,' he said. 'The purists would say finishing top of the pile, which we did last year, defines the champions but that's not how it is any more.

'You have to win the Grand Final for the right to be called champions. It has been a long time but we've a great chance, we're 80 minutes away.'

Morley appeared in the very first Grand Final for Leeds back in 1998, when they lost to Wigan, and, although he won with Bradford in 2005, it was only as part of a brief loan spell with the Bulls from the Roosters.

'It was still a great experience but I just didn't feel part of it because I hadn't played with those boys all year,' he said.

'But this year I obviously have and, to be part of a Warrington side that goes there and does the job would be pretty special.'

Roger Federer returns to world No 1 ranking

Federer having the time of his life as Wimbledon champion regains No 1 ranking

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12:38 GMT, 9 July 2012

Roger Federer began a record-equalling 286th week at the top of the world rankings on Monday after claiming a seventh Wimbledon title.

The accepted theory is that male tennis players begin the slow decline into retirement once they hit the 30 barrier but, as he has done throughout his career, Federer, who is approaching his 31st birthday, is showing scant regard for conventional wisdom.

Against Andy Murray on Sunday, Federer finished like an express train, raising his level to extraordinary heights in the third and fourth sets to complete a crushing 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 victory and seal a 17th grand slam title.

Champagne moment: Roger Federer celebrates his seventh Wimbledon title after his win over Andy Murray

Champagne moment: Roger Federer celebrates his seventh Wimbledon title after his win over Andy Murray

WORLD RANKINGS

1 Roger Federer, Switzerland, 11,075 points

2 Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11,000

3 Rafael Nadal, Spain, 8,905

4 Andy Murray, Britain, 7,460

5 David Ferrer, Spain, 5,430

6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 5,230

7 Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,515

8 Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 3,215

9 Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,180

10 Nicolas Almagro, Spain, 2,605

Since losing to Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarter-finals two years ago, Federer has watched Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic carve up the big prizes between them.

Many doubted whether he would win another major, let alone return to the top of the rankings to emulate the 286 weeks of his idol Pete Sampras.

Now they may be asking whether he can reach the 20 mark.

'I'm so happy I'm at the age I am
right now,' Federer, the second oldest man to be ranked No 1 after Andre
Agassi (who was 33) said after breaking British hearts on Sunday.

'Because I had such a great run and I know there's still more possible.'

In the spotlight: Federer talks to the world's press after his historic victory on Sunday

In the spotlight: Federer talks to the world's press after his historic victory on Sunday

Whatever feats Federer goes on to add in the final chapter of his career, he can rest assured that he has elevated the men's game to previously unimaginable heights.

He raised the bar, Nadal and Djokovic
took up the challenge, and, despite marriage and the responsibility of
twin daughters, Federer is reacting again, striving to be even better.

Done it! Federer falls to the court after winning (above) and later parades the Wimbledon trophy (below)

Done it! Federer falls to the court after winning (above) and later parades the Wimbledon trophy (below)

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates with the trophy

'I want to leave the game better off than when I came into this great game, which was already unbelievable with the great rivalries we had,' Federer said.

It is often said that the fearlessness of youth erodes with the passing years, a phenomenon seen in professional golfers who, as time goes by, start looking for the heart of the greens rather than firing at the pins.

Double success: Federer (left) with the women's champion Serena Williams at the Champions' Dinner

Double success: Federer (left) with the women's champion Serena Williams at the Champions' Dinner

Despite being one of the best defenders in the game when in a corner, Federer remains the most fearless player of his generation, always aiming for the lines, always pushing the boundary between aggression and recklessness.

'I tried to take it more to Andy, and I was able to do that,' Federer said on Sunday. 'I think I went to maybe fetch victory more than he did.'

Federer and his family will return to Wimbledon in two weeks, as he aims to fetch the Olympic singles gold that would complete his collection.

It all ends in tears: Andy Murray was emotional after his defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final

It all ends in tears: Andy Murray was emotional after his defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final

Should he do that, however, he won't stop there.

'People forget sometimes I do have twin girls,' he said. 'That has had a massive impact on my life. I think it's helped my game more than anything because I think I'm playing some of the best tennis of my life right now.'