Ageless Hopkins extends his record with unanimous decision over
Three months away from his 49th birthday, boxing's oldest ever
world champion Bernard Hopkins extended his incredible record with
a unanimous decision win over Karo Murat.
It was a fight punctuated by the typically eccentric moments
that come from the man who has now dubbed himself "The Alien".
Hopkins stuck his tongue out at Murat after surviving a heavy
combination, kissed him on the back of the head after he had turned
his back during a clinch, turned his back on Murat after the
referee had called break and talked to the ringside crowd mid-fight
during an entertaining, if bizarre, sequence of events.
When he did focus on fighting, he put in a typically obdurate
and frustrating performance, stifling Murat's creativity and using
his elusiveness to avoid suffering any telling blows.
Murat flirted with a points deduction throughout the first half
of the fight, including twice striking the reigning champion when
he slipped to the canvas in the sixth round. In the following
round, the German finally had a point taken away after clearly
jabbing Hopkins after referee Smogler called "break".
The ill-tempered nature of the fight continued, and it
threatened to boil over in every clinch and when the bell sounded
to end rounds. And as the challenger grew increasingly frustrated,
Hopkins stuck to his gameplan to bore out a unanimous decision.
And so the scorecards returned 117-110, 119-108, 119-108.
Legendary Hopkins returns to BoxNation for IBF defence against
Boxing oldest ever world champion, 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins,
returns to BoxNation for an IBF World Light-Heavyweight title
defence against Armenian Karo Murat.
Hopkins is a truly remarkable boxer and a future hall of famer.
Records have tumbled at the feet of the Phildelphia resident, who
once racked up 20 straight defences of his IBF World Middleweight
title in the nineties.
Now he holds the IBF's Light-Heavyweight crown, and he's looking
to defend it against mandatory opponent Karo Murat.
Murat, who will be 30 when the two men meet, has an impressive
25-1-1 record. His only career defeat came at the hands of Welshman
Nathan Cleverly in 2010 as he challenged for the WBO World
The Armenian fighter has since defeated Christian Cruz, Otis
Griffin and Sandro Siproshvili and drawn an IBF title eliminator
against Gabriel Campillo, and will look to become a world champion
for the first time when he faces Hopkins in Atlantic City LIVE on