2005-07-16 Jermain Taylor w pts 12 Bernard Hopkins, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD/The Ring

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2005-07-16 Jermain Taylor w pts 12 Bernard Hopkins, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC/WBO/IBF/The Ring. Referee: Jay Nady. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 112-116. Regardless of the fact that most experts had the champion winning, and despite the ridiculous last round score from one of the judges that if corrected would have meant that Hopkins (160) retained his title, the real problem was in the latter getting his tactics wrong and allowing Taylor (160) too much leeway. Having let Taylor build up a fair lead by the end of the eighth, when Hopkins at last realised that he had to get busy he took the last four sessions on all cards other than the one already mentioned. However, it was not enough. There were no knockdowns, but the fight stats over 12 rounds showed that Hopkins landed 96 to Taylor’s 86, while in the last four sessions the champion connected with 56 to the challenger’s 23.

When Taylor relinquished the IBF title in November due to contractual problems, Arthur Abraham and Kingsley Ikeke were matched to decide a new champion.

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