2001-09-29 Bernard Hopkins w rsc 12 Felix Trinidad, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC

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2001-09-29 Bernard Hopkins w rsc 12 Felix Trinidad, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Steve Smoger. After an opening round in which he had good look at the new WBA champion, Hopkins (157) moved up several gears to gradually take Trinidad (158½) apart prior to stopping him at 1.42 of the 12th. Hopkins was just far too good for Trinidad, whether it be boxing or fighting. Stumbling around in the 11th it was clear that Trinidad was almost finished for the night, and in the final session Hopkins opened up with both hands before sending his man down heavily with a short right to the jaw. Although Trinidad struggled up at ‘nine’, on seeing that he was not ready to continue the referee decided the fight was over.

Hopkins was awarded The Ring magazine Championship Belt at the end of 2001. With the WBA recognising Hopkins as a ‘super’ champion, William Joppy took over their ‘second tier’ title when outpointing Howard Eastman over 12 rounds at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on 17 November.