Hopkins (54-6-2-2, 32 KOs) officially trumped the 30-year-old Murat (25-2-1, 15 KOs) by scores of 119-108, 119-108 and 117-110.
In a scintillating prizefight that bordered on a brawl, Hopkins battered Murat late and aggressively tried to knock the German challenger onto Queer Street.
"I really wanted the knockout, but he was tough," said Hopkins, 48, who hasn’t kayoed an opponent since Oscar De La Hoya in September 2004. "You know you've got to take some punches. Yeah, I have a little bit of blood on me but this is what they want to see. They wanted to see the knockout, so I took some shots."
Despite being 18 years older, Hopkins opened a cut on Murat’s left eye and bullied the youngster for 36 minutes.
As a quasi-geriatric, “The Executioner” continues to defy Father Time.
Hence, Hopkins has shed "The Executioner" nickname and now wants to be known as "The Alien."
A former two-weight world titleholder, “The Alien” remains a defensive virtuoso with an insatiable appetite for winning.
Bernard Hopkins looked “tough” and is clearly going to keep “(taking) some shots” in the squared circle.