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Bernard Hopkins: His Ten Biggest Ring Victories
Bernard Hopkins W12 Antonio Tarver
A Little About Mr. Hopkins......
Bernard Hopkins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 15, 1965. He holds the record for the most defenses of the middleweight championship with 20. He held the titles from 1904 until 2005. After moving up to light heavyweight, Hopkins won the 175 pound championship three different times. He also is the oldest champion in boxing history having won the title at an unheard of 48.
Below are some of Bernard "The Executioner's" Best ring accomplishments.
Bernard Hopkins KO12 Felix Trinidad
Old School Hopkins
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Bernard Hopkins Losses
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Bernard Hopkins's Top Wins
1. Bernard Hopkins TKO12 Felix Trinidad: Felix Trinidad entered the bout as the undefeated (40-0) WBA middleweight champion and Hopkins entered as the IBF and WBC champion. Tito was the favorite to win but it didn't work out that way. Hopkins used superior footwork, feints, jabs and lead right hands to nullify Trinidad's attack. Hopkins won at least 8 out of 11 rounds entering the 12th and final round. Trinidad launched a left hook but missed and got countered by a deadly right hand from Hopkins that floored him hard. Tito arose on unsteady legs as the ref called a haunt to the action.
2. Bernard Hopkins KO9 Oscar De La Hoya: Total title unification as De La Hoya entered with the WBO belt and Hopkins had the other three. The first five rounds were slow, tactical and close but in the sixth and seventh Hopkins started to tee off with lead rights, lead left hooks and he kept an accurate jab pumping. Although the match was competitive it was clear that Hopkins was carrying more pop in his punches. The eighth was all Bernard as he landed several flush shots at ring center as De La Hoya was barely landing jabs. In the 9th stanza De La Hoya backed to the ropes and Hopkins landed a huge left hook to the body that put Oscar down for the count.
3. Bernard Hopkins W12 Kelly Pavlic: Pavlic was the undefeated (34-0) middleweight champion of the world fighting Hopkins at a catch weight of 170 pounds. Hopkins landed left hooks and uppercuts at will all night on The Ghost. In the second round B-Hop opened a gash on Pavlic's eye with a left uppercut. Hopkins won every single round of the bout even though he was the underdog. Left hooks to the head landed at will and left hooks to the body made Pavlic cringe throughout the fight. Bernard Hopkins put on a boxing clinic similar to the one he put on Trinidad years earlier.
4. Bernard Hopkins W12 Jean Pascal 2: Pascal entered as light heavyweight champion and Hopkins was trying to become the oldest fighter, at 46, to win a world title. This was a rematch of their controversial draw that most felt Hopkins won. Pascal had a record of 26-1-1 and the bout took place in Pascal's hometown of Canada. The match was competitive the whole time especially in the first seven rounds. Pascal landed some good body shots and occasionally he landed hard looping right hands. As far as Hopkins he landed hooks, strait lead rights and hard body shots. The fact is however Hopkins used footwork, feints, great conditioning and textbook jabs to win a close but clear decision and become the oldest champion in the history of boxing.
5. Bernard Hopkins W12 Antonio Tarver: Tarver was the Ring light heavyweight champion after having iced Roy Jones, Jr. Hopkins was a middleweight who was bypassing a whole division to jump to the light heavies. Tarver was a 3-1 favorite but that was nothing new to Old School Hopkins. Hopkins schooled Tarver and won all 12 rounds including scoring a knockdown with a lead right in the fifth round. Hopkins landed a little of everything while evading most of the shots Tarver tossed. Tarver had no success while Hopkins beat him to the punch and had a perfect jab all night.
6. Bernard Hopkins W12 Winky Wright: Going in Wright was coming off a dominating victory over Felix Trinidad and had a record of 51-3-1. Hopkins won at least 10 out of 12 rounds with his skills. When Wright covered up and used his solid defense Hopkins got through with shots. When Winky Wright used his southpaw jab Hopkins landed bone jarring lead rights. Hopkins worked off the jab and pounded Wright in the body, arms and head while blocking the majority of Wright's return fire. Hopkins picked up the pace and poured it on Wright in the final four rounds of the fight to win.
7. Bernard Hopkins W12 Tavoris Cloud: Cloud came into the bout with a 24-0 record and he was the IBF Light Heavyweight champion. Hopkins was attempting to break his own record and become the oldest champion in boxing history at 48. Hopkins once again put on a clinic when many thought he would lose. The left hook and jab couldn't miss for B-Hop and Cloud could only land an occasional right hand. Hopkins used constant movement and timing to tag Cloud in every round. Cloud lunged at air as Hopkins looked fresh down the stretch and finished strong landing to the head and body
8. Bernard Hopkins TKO 10 Antwun Echols 2: Echols came into the contest as the number one ranked middleweight in the world. The match was close for five rounds with Hopkins holding a slight edge because of his overhand right leads. In the sixth Echols body slammed Hopkins, which dislocated Hopkins shoulder, and was deducted two points. Hopkins was incensed and showed it by putting Echols on his butt in the seventh stanza with a right hand. In the tenth heat Hopkins landed several hooks and right hands and the referee stopped the bout and Echols was clearly a beaten fighter this night.
9. Bernard Hopkins TKO 11 Glen Johnson: The Road Warrior Glen Johnson entered sporting a record of 32-0. Hopkins won all ten completed rounds on all three judges cards before finishing matters in the eleventh. In the 2nd and 5th rounds Hopkins wobbled Johnson with uppercuts and Johnson had a swollen right eye by the seventh round. Hopkins continuously beat Johnson to the punch and in the 11th round he landed three body shots and two hooks to the head to force the ref to step in.
10. Bernard Hopkins W12 Howard Eastman: England's Eastman was the number one middleweight contender entering the fight and he had an excellent 40-1 record. Eastman threw lots of punches but Hopkins slipped or blocked most of them. Hopkins, for his part, began landing pot shots by the fifth round and teeing off on Eastman by the tenth. Eastman was staggered a few times and his face was marked up and swelling by the bouts end. Hopkins used skills and counter punching mixed with fancy feet and perfect timing to confuse and hurt his rival over and over during the match.
Bernard Hopkins W12 Kelly Pavlic
Bernard Hopkins KO9 Oscar De La Hoya
Bernard Hopkins...... The Promoter
Bernard Hopkins has always talked a bunch. He was his own self promoter. Even when he had a promoter he was still the mouthpiece at all press conferences for bouts. Now he is a shareholder and partner of Golden Boy Promotions which is fitting because he can promote a fight!
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