Veteran Hopkins retains title
Veteran Bernard Hopkins kept hold of his IBF light-heavyweight crown with a unanimous points victory over Karo Murat in Atlantic City.
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The 48-year-old came into his own in the heart of the fight to take the contest 119-108, 119-108 and 117-110 on the judges' scorecards.
Murat, who lost to Great Britain's Nathan Cleverly back in 2010, was penalised in the seventh for hitting after the break and also earned a string of warnings.
But it was the seventh in which Hopkins truly imposed himself, and by the eighth Murat was visibly hurt.
The German showed his resilience in the later rounds, but roared on by a supportive Atlantic City crowd, Hopkins was a comfortable winner.
"The crowd wanted to see skill and blood so I had some blood to give them. I am an entertainer and this is what people want to see... He was a game number one contender," said Hopkins.
When asked by SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray if Murat brought out the best in him, Hopkins answered, "Not really, but he didn't bring out the worst either."
"That was the plan (a slow start). That was the bone on the string so that the dog could follow him into a dark alley and then realize someone was waiting on him. And that dog was me.
"He throws pretty good punches and he is no one to sleep on. He is going to give some light heavyweights a bit of a problem."
On the undercard, Peter Quillin kept his WBO middleweight title with a 10th round stoppage win over Gabriel Rosado.
Quillin dropped his foe in the second round, but was hurt himself in the fourth before a bad cut forced the fight to be waved off.
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder picked up another knockout win after halting Nicolai Firtha in the fourth round.