2002-02-02 Bernard Hopkins w rtd 10 Carl Daniels, Sovereign Centre, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring
2002-02-02 Bernard Hopkins w rtd 10 Carl Daniels, Sovereign Centre, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring. Referee: Frank Cappuccino. Attacking Daniels (160) from the opening bell, the champion continued to march forward for ten rounds as his cute southpaw opponent stayed on the back foot for most of the time. When Hopkins (158¾) did manage to close Daniels down, the latter took what was on offer and it was only in the ninth that he began to ship heavy punishment, blows to head and body sending him lurching round the ring. At the end of the tenth, which he had somehow managed to get through, Daniels made the decision not to continue knowing he had no chance of winning, thus denying Hopkins a possible kayo win.
On 10 October, William Joppy retained the WBA ‘second tier’ title when stopping Naotaka Hozumi inside ten rounds at the Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan and would be Hopkins' next challenger.