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 up a worthy show, especially when attacking the body, the challenger won only one round on two of the cards, while Hopkins (160) showcased his skills and gave his rival little chance of success. On several occasions Hopkins caught Council (160), who was cut over the left eye in the fifth, with big right hands to the head but was unable to find a finishing blow. Although Council gamely soldiered 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.