2000-12-01 Bernard Hopkins w rsc 10 Antwun Echols, Venetian Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF

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2000-12-01 Bernard Hopkins w rsc 10 Antwun Echols, Venetian Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Tony Weeks. Following on from their previous dramatic encounter, it was no surprise that the pair started brawling almost from the start. In the second round when the champion put Echols (160) down for at least 30 seconds from a punch to the back of the head, the referee neither counted or deducted points before telling them to fight on and in the sixth, with decisions going against him, the challenger picked Hopkins (158½) up and body slammed him. Hopkins was hurt but consented to fight on, while Echols had two points taken away. After Hopkins had been pushed to the floor in the seventh he came back strongly to batter Echols through the ropes for a count, the latter being saved by the bell. Both men were throwing heavy blows from thereon before Hopkins, who had lost a point for holding in the eighth, gained complete control in the tenth and forced the referee to rescue the badly battered and tottering Echols at 1.42 of the session.