IBF light-heavyweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins fought his way into a unanimous decision over Germany’s Karo Murat to defend his IBF light-heavyweight title at Boardwalk Hall, Saturday night, October 26, 2013.
In defending his title, Hopkins added another note worthy addition to his resume by becoming the oldest boxer to defend a world title. The champion has never worried about winning and although at times in the ring he seemed to be tenacious and at other times he seemed at ease and relaxed.
The 48 year old from Philadelphia surpassed his own record as the oldest fighter in history to win a major world championship, Hopkins defended it convincingly before a throng of fans who were there from his hometown of Philadelphia.
Making his sixth consecutive fight against an opponent born the later than 1979. Although considerably older than most of his opponents, Hopkins uses intelligence, skill and his years of experience to overwhelm their youth.
Murat, the challenger fought a smart fight in the early rounds by making Hopkins back up and giving him no rest in the ring. Hopkins seemed to find his range and fighting style later in the match moving Murat backward and starting to put punches together. It was in the sixth round that the audience really got into the fight and sensing the different direction the fight seemed to be going as Hopkins took charge.
Murat tried taunting Hopkins after getting hit by sticking his tongue out and the champion. Hopkins appeared to ignore it until at one point, when Hopkins began to feel at ease, Murat had been holding Hopkins left arm tight against his body with Hopkins behind him, Hopkins kissed the back of Murat's head, in a gesture of fun.
In the seventh, Hopkins landed a crisp two-punch combination to the head, connected to the body, then opened up with a flurry that backed Murat across the ring and left him stunned and hurt on the ropes. The crowd were on their feet cheering the champ on hoping for a knock out.
What's next, Hopkins intimated he may be fighting past his 50th birthday. Well, he keeps throwing out the name of Floyd Mayweather which would require Hopkins to get down to 160 pounds. In that regard Hopkins said, “You give me until May of next year to make 160, that fight is on,” he said. “I don’t think too many reporters would count me out.”