AGELESS HOPKINS DOMINATES MURAT

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ATLANTIC CITY: Bernard Hopkins, already the oldest fighter to win a major world title, retained his International Boxing Federation light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision over Karo Murat on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Murat, a German of Armenian descent, was the more active fighter early on, but the 48-year-old Hopkins showed he was willing and able to go toe-to-toe with his 30-year-old foe. Two ringside judges scored the 12-round bout at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall 119-108 for Hopkins, while a third saw it 117-110 for the US champion who improved to 54-6-2 with 32 knockouts. Murat fell to 25-2-1, with 15 wins inside the distance.

AFP

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