2000-05-13 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Syd Vanderpool, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - IBF

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2000-05-13 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Syd Vanderpool, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - IBF. Referee: Bill Page. Scorecards: 118-110, 118-109, 116-112. Coming in at late notice after the champion’s original opponent, Brian Barbosa, was injured, Vanderpool (160) made a reasonable fist of it without ever looking likely to win despite taking the opening three rounds. According to The Ring magazine, Hopkins (158½) was strangely passive for a fighter looking to be considered among the elite, but while he opened up at times because he never went after the southpaw Canadian with a vengeance the fight became messy. In the third, sixth and seventh rounds both men were on the floor together. Towards the end, in the 12th, Hopkins began to place his punches better, and after he had got Vanderpool up against the ropes the referee jumped between them. It looked like Hopkins was getting a stoppage win, but it turned out that the referee thought he had heard the final bell which went moments later.