2004-06-05 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Robert Allen, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring
2004-06-05 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Robert Allen, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 119-107, 119-107, 117-109. Clearly the superior man, the champion took on an old opponent in Allen (160) and was happy to box his way to an easy points win until being struck low in the fifth. While Allen was deducted a point for the infringement, Hopkins (159) upped the pace and in the seventh he dropped his rival with a crashing right to the head. Although Allen was on his feet at ‘six’ he was obviously hurt and Hopkins went after him before settling down again to box his way home against a dangerous southpaw. All the quality punches came from Hopkins, his body punching and fast lead rights making sure that he would be the man to face the winner of Oscar De La Hoya v Felix Sturm in a battle to unify the division.