2001-04-14 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Keith Holmes, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF/WBC
2001-04-14 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Keith Holmes, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF/WBC. Referee: Steve Smoger. Scorecards: 119-118, 118-109, 117-110. In a contest that would unify the IBF and WBC titles, Hopkins (159) took over Holmes’ WBC crown when winning virtually every round even after having a point deducted for low blows in the fifth. In that session Holmes (157½) was given about a minute’s rest, but it made no difference. There were no knockdowns as such, despite Holmes, who also suffered a cut to his left eye in the fifth, going down on one knee on four occasions. Holmes was taken out of his stride throughout by Hopkins, who waged a physical battle right from the start. Although the clever southpaw, realising that he was way behind, tried to match his rival in the latter stages he was put in his place after being bombed to head and body by heavy punches.