1997-11-18 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Andrew Council, Showplace Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA - IBF

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1997-11-18 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Andrew Council, Showplace Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA - IBF. Referee: Ken Chevalier. Scorecards: 119-105, 118-106, 118-106. Despite putting on a worthy show, especially when attacking the body, the challenger won only one round on two of the cards as Hopkins (160) showcased his skills and gave his rival little chance of success. Even though Hopkins caught Council (160), who was cut over the left eye in the fifth, with big right hands to the head on several occasions he was unable to find a finishing blow. With Council gamely soldiering on, the final three rounds showed Hopkins at his best as he waltzed to victory. Hopkins picked up a point deduction for going low, while Council had three taken away for general misdemeanours.