Hopkins keeps father time at bay and becomes boxing's oldest
The remarkable Bernard Hopkins took another record as he became
the sport's oldest ever unified champion at the age of 49.
19 years Hopkins' younger, Kazakh Shumenov simply couldn't
handle Hopkins' stern defence and ringcraft, honed over a terrific
career which started back in 1988.
The veteran ground his man down before flooring him in the
eleventh round en route to what was surprisingly returned as a
split decision win. While two of the ringside judges in Hopkins'
hometown Washington DC returned 116-111 in his favour, Gustavo
Padilla saw it 114-113 in favour of WBA Super World Champ
With his win, Hopkins added the WBA Super World title to the IBF
Light-Heavyweight crown he won in 2013 over Tavoris Cloud. He'll
now look to become boxing's unlikeliest undisputed world champion,
with WBO belt holder Sergey Kovalev and WBC titlist Adonis
Stevenson in his crosshairs.
Ageless Hopkins out to unify light-heavyweight division
49-year-old Bernard Hopkins is out to extend his record as
boxing's oldest ever world champion and has stated he's on a
mission to become undisputed light-heavyweight champ.
The future hall of famer faces Kazakhstan's reigning WBA Super
World Light-Heavyweight titlist Beibut Shumenov, 30, on a big
Golden Boy Promotions bill which also features Peter Quillin v
Lukas Konecny and Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi.
Shumenov has a 14-1 record with 9 knockouts, but there's no
question that the old stager Hopkins is a cut above his 15 previous
opponents. The Kazak is in for a real test against the veteran
American, who bounced back from his 2012 defeat against Chad Dawson
with decision wins against Tavoris Cloud and Karo Murat.