SAN DIEGO – October 26, 2013 – Bernard Hopkins put on a surprisingly entertaining fight with more action than fans ever expected to extend his record as the oldest ever champion in boxing with a unanimous decision against Karo Murat of Germany.
Murat (25-2-1, 15 KO) made Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO) work harder than expected, but the 48-year-old Hopkins showed he was up to it with superb conditioning and superior tactics. Throughout the fight Murat tried to walk Hopkins down, but Hopkins adjusted, and employed some of his head games, which some might call dirty tricks. This included trash talking, a kiss on the back of Murat’s head in the fifth round, and a punch or two thrown ever so slightly after the bell.
It was Murat who lost a point when referee Steve Smoger docked him for hitting Hopkins on the break in the seventh round when he become frustrated with Hopkins.
But Hopkins won the fight by being more aggressive, throwing more and connecting more. Hopkins threw more jabs, more power punches, and nearly double the punches overall as Murat, with a 44 percent to 30 percent connect rate total. The judges scored it 117-110 (Benoit Russel) and 119-108 (Julie Lederman and Joseph Pascuale) for Hopkins.
Hopkins is a remarkable fighter whose place in boxing history is secure, but he isn’t the type of fighter who often brings fans to their feet. Hopkins did so in the seventh round and again at the end of the fight, bringing more action against Murat than he’s shown in a decade.
After the bout, Hopkins told Showtime’s Jim Gray he was told he needed to be entertaining by Richard Schaeger of Golden Boy Promotions. “Schaefer said we got to be crowd pleasing. I’m an entertainer, this is what people want to see. I can still be smart. I took a risk tonight, and I got hit with some shots,” said Hopkins.
Hopkins said he’d like to unified the light heavyweight division, but the current cold war between Golden Boy and Top Rank is holding him back. He urged boxing fans to protest and make their wishes known.
Hopkins also talked up moving down in weight to 160 pounds if a fight could be made with Floyd Mayweather. “I can make 160 pounds if the negotiations become realistic.”
Crazy as it sounds, it’s crazy that a guy closer to 50 years old than 40 years old is holding a title belt after an entertaining fight. Hopkins has been fighting for 25 years, a quarter of a century, longer than some title holder have been alive. The only person that can count Bernard Hopkins out is Bernard Hopkins. Maybe he really does have alien blood.
Middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) of Brooklyn prevailed in a tenth round TKO victory over Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia.
Rosado showed surprising toughness in what many thought would be a lopsided bout. Although Quillin put him on the canvas early, Rosado grew stronger as the fight continued. Many observers saw it even on the scorecards. Then Quillin opened a nasty cut over Rosado’s left eye in the eighth round, a gaping wound under the eyebrow. Rosado’s corner tried to address it, but in the tenth round ringside physician Blair Bergen halted the tenth round after 40 seconds to take a closer look.
Despite Rosado’s pleas to Bergen to allow him to continue, saying he could see fine out of the eye, Bergen and referee Allen Huggins stopped the fight at 40 seonds of the tenth round. Rosado was still protesting in his corner after the call. He leaned over the ropes saying to the announcers, “It’s b–s–, it’s b–s–,” and then made his case to Quillin as well who was in his corner.
The fight’s outcome seemed still in play and as such, Rosado should have been given every chance to continue. But apparently Quillin was safely ahead on all the judges’ scorecards, and if so the stoppage was justified.
Rosado was angry about the stoppage and called for a rematch, saying he never complained about the cut and could still see out of the eye. “I’m the guy hurting him, and they stopped the fight … We’re warriors!”
Quillin says he wants to fight Sergio Martinez. It’s not a bad choice, better for Quillin than facing Gennady Golovkin who took out Rosado with a TKO in the seventh round of their fight in January when he had the flu, again due to cuts suffered by Rosado. The promoter cold war is in play here too with these matchups.
Thirty fights, thiry knockouts for American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) with a fourth round knockout of Nicolai Firtha (21-11, 8 KOs). Although the outcome of the fight was hardly in doubt, Firtha looked as it he would press the action and throw Wilder off stride at the start of the fight. But his will didn’t have the skill to back it up.
Wilder put him on the canvas with two knockdowns before finishing him off with a trio of a hook, body shot, and a wicked upper cut to end the fight at 1:26 of Round 4. Wilder has never gone beyond the fourth round of a bout.
“People come out and see, they want to see the knockout. Everytime Deontay Wilder have a show, that’s what y’all gonna see, y’all gonna come get y’all money baby, worth knockouts,” Wilder said to Showtime’s Jim Gray after the fight.
Wilder urged patience and said everything is right on schedule for him. Expect Wilder to start seeing better talent in the ring and perhaps fighting more than 10 minutes worth in the ring in 2014.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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