1996-03-16 Bernard Hopkins w rsc 4 Joe Lipsey, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
1996-03-16 Bernard Hopkins w rsc 4 Joe Lipsey, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Mitch Halpern. After two well contested rounds, Hopkins (160) having had his right eye damaged in the second by a southpaw left swung in by the unbeaten Lipsey (158), the champion picked up the pace in the third when banging several hurtful punches. The fourth round saw Hopkins pressing again and after staggering Lipsey with a left-right a straight right put the challenger down on his side. That was enough for the referee and with ten seconds of the session remaining he stopped the fight without even picking up the count.