2005-12-03 Jermain Taylor w pts 12 Bernard Hopkins, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC/WBO/The Ring

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2005-12-03 Jermaine Taylor w pts 12 Bernard Hopkins, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO/WBA/WBC/The Ring. Referee: Jay Nady. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 115-113. As in their first contest there was nothing between them, both men showing each other too much respect, and many of the rounds were so closely contested that they could have gone either way. With neither man looking like going down and much of the action was plain boring. Boxing News got it right when they reported that Taylor won by default, with Hopkins relying on one big punch to finish it rather than busying himself. On 11 March 2006 at the Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany, Felix Sturm outpointed Maselino Masoe over 12 rounds to take over the Western Samoan’s WBA ‘second tier’ title.