2003-03-29 Bernard Hopkins w rtd 8 Morrade Hakkar, First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring

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2003-03-29 Bernard Hopkins w rtd 8 Morrade Hakkar, First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring. Referee: Frank Cappuccino. In what was a bad mismatch it was soon clear that Hakkar (159) did not belong in the same ring as the champion as he almost sprinted around the perimeter, barely stopping to land punches, and there was much dissent from the crowd. Having somehow got through five rounds, Hakkar dropped down in the sixth after taking a body shot and with Hopkins (158½) failing to go to a neutral corner and the referee not spotting it he was probably resting on one knee for about 20 seconds. Twice in the seventh the Frenchman was on the floor without a count and in the eighth again he went down without the referee bothering to call it a knockdown. From thereon though Hopkins got down to work the head and body and when Hakkar slumped on his stool at the end of the session his corner retired him.