2005-02-19 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Howard Eastman, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD/The Ring
2005-02-19 Bernard Hopkins w pts 12 Howard Eastman, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBA/WBC/WBO/IBF/The Ring. Referee: Raul Caiz Jr. Scorecards: 119-110, 117-111, 116-112. Unable to find the answer to the ageless champion’s ability to control a fight, Eastman (159½) was beaten by a fairly substantial points margin, never really showing up. It was a case of Hopkins (159½) having just too much of everything, and although Eastman took the fight to his rival he never forced home any attack which might have left him open to the counters. With Hopkins picking his punches before moving out of range as the challenger predictably stalked him, the contest was hardly exciting. Although Eastman was never embarrassed it was a bridge too far for him.