Bernard Hopkins has become the oldest man in boxing history to ever unify world titles.
The 49 year old successfully defended his IBF Light Heavyweight title, as well as claiming the WBA and the less recognised IBA titles with a split decision victory over Kazakhstan’s Beibut Shumenov.
Although the bout was a split decision, scores reading 116-111 x 2 and 113-114, the bout was dictated by Hopkins from the opening bell.
Shumenov was hesitant and forced to fight at a slow pace which favoured the Philadelphia born fighter.
Hopkins, who hasn’t scored a stoppage victory since Oscar De La Hoya a decade ago, looked as though he might just get one when he sent Shumenov to the canvas in round 11. Shumenov was able to recover and make the final bell.
No mention of retirement has come from Hopkins, as he continues to defy logic and beat off Father Time with masterful performances some 26 years after making his professional debut.
ON THE UNDERCARD undefeated WBO Middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22KOs) successfully defended his title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Lukas Konecny.
Quillin was dominant throughout the bout and scores read 120-108, 119-109 x 2.
IBF Welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15KOs) made the first defence of his title with a spectacular 4th round TKO over former 2 weight world champion Paul Malignaggi.
Lovett Successful in 2nd U.S. Bout
US based Australian Steve ‘Tough Love’ Lovett (9-0, 7KOs) has continued his undefeated run with a 2nd round TKO of Daniel Adotey Allotey in San Antonio Texas over the weekend.
This is the Australians second fight since basing himself in the United States, and the move seems to be paying off for the Light Heavyweight who struggled to get fights in Australia.