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04/20 00:20 CDT Hopkins wins split decision over Shumenov
Hopkins wins split decision over Shumenov
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Already the oldest boxer in history to win a world
championship, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest to win a unification bout
Saturday night as he captured a split 12-round decision over Beibut Shumenov of
The announcement of the decision drew boos from the pro-Hopkins crowd. Two
judges scored the fight 116-111 for the 49-year-old Hopkins. One judge scored
it 114-113 for the 30-year-old Shumenov.
Hopkins rocked Shumenov with a chopping overhand right midway through the 11th
round for the only knockdown of the fight, igniting chants of "B-Hop! B-Hop!"
from the crowd of 6,823 at D.C. Armory.
After a slow start, Hopkins controlled the action, growing confident,
aggressive and playful as the fight progressed. Hopkins was a decisive
statistical winner, landing 49 percent of his 383 punches, while Shumenov
connected on just 20 percent of his 608 blows.
Hopkins, already the IBF champion, adds Shumenov's WBA and IBA titles to his
collection. Hopkins is in line for a fight with WBC champion Adonis Stephenson,
perhaps after he turns 50 on Jan. 15 of next year. Though, after the fight, he
told fans and a television audience that he wanted to become the undisputed
champ before he turns 50.
Hopkins-Shumenov was one of three world title fights on Saturday. In the first,
Peter Quillin of Brooklyn, N.Y., retained his WBO middleweight belt and
improved to 31-0 with a unanimous 12-round decision over Lukas Konecky of the
In the IBF welterweight title match, Shawn Porter of Cleveland also remained
undefeated with a fourth-round knockout of Paulie Malignaggi of Brooklyn, who
took time off from his job as an analyst for Showtime, which carried the