Tavoris Cloud vs. Bernard Hopkins

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2013-03-09 : Bernard Hopkins 174½ lbs beat Tavoris Cloud 173¾ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

Notes

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  • Tavoris Cloud 24-0 (19 KOs) vs. Bernard Hopkins 52-6-2 (32 KOs).
  • Hopkins, a 1.6-to-1 betting underdog, entered as the #1 light heavyweight contender to world champion Chad Dawson according to The Ring Magazine. Cloud was ranked as the #2 contender by the same publication. [1] [2]
  • At 48 years of age, Hopkins was 17 years older than Cloud.
  • It was the first fight for Cloud with trainer Abel Sanchez. Cloud fired Al Bonanni on December 1, 2012. [3]
  • According to official records, Hopkins earned a $750,000 purse compared to Cloud's $550,000.
  • At 173 3/4 lbs., Cloud weighed in at the lightest weight of his professional career to date.
  • Hopkins won a coin toss in negotiations allowing him to come to the ring after Cloud, despite Cloud being the defending world champion in the fight.
  • Both HBO's Harold Lederman and ESPN's Dan Rafael scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Hopkins.
  • With the win, Hopkins, 48, broke his own record of being the oldest world champion in boxing history.
  • Cloud suffered a significant cut to his left eyelid in Round 6, which was ruled incorrectly by referee Earl Brown to be from an accidental clash of heads. Replay showed it to be from a short left hook. A cut also opened to Cloud's right eyelid in the twelfth round ruled to be from an accidental headbutt.
  • CompuBox Stats[4]

Quotes

  • "I was here in a similar situation in New York a little more than 22 years ago. That's when I brought a young man named Terry Norris here to New York, and he fought another legend at New York's Madison Square Garden. If you all remember, we retired that legend. So we're about to retire another legend on Saturday night. When I brought Terry Norris here, nobody gave him a chance. The craftiness and the ring experience of the legend that we fought was supposed to be too much for Terry Norris, and you all remember what happened. I expect the same results on Saturday night, and a new star will be born, which is Tavoris Cloud." - Trainer Abel Sanchez referring to Terry Norris vs. Sugar Ray Leonard. [5]
  • "You want to box? There's the clinic right there." - HBO's Jim Lampley referring to Hopkins.
  • "I've got a history of destroying young champions." - Bernard Hopkins in the post-fight interview.