Records were made to be broken ... especially if you're the one who set them.
Bernard Hopkins, 48, one-upped himself last night (March 9, 2013) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., becoming the oldest boxer to win a major title when he registered a 12-round unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Tavoris Cloud to claim the IBF Light Heavyweight Championship (175 pounds).
"The Executioner" made history when, at age 46, he broke George Foreman's geriatric record, defeating Jean Pascal for the WBC light heavyweight title in May 2011. Hopkins didn't have much trouble with the much younger Cloud, sweeping the judges scorecards (116-112, 116-112, and 117-111) and outlanding him 169-139 in overall punches.
In fact, Hopkins landed 110 of 227 power punches, which was a remarkable 48 percent, according to CompuBox statistics.
Hopkins leveraged his tremendous experience edge to keep Cloud at range, frustrating his opponent like he often does and preventing him from getting his offensive game on track. Cloud -- who did have a few bright spots -- sustained a bad cut over his left eye early in the bout that he argued was caused by a dirty elbow.
The referee ruled it an accidental head butt, when in reality, HBO Sports replays showed that it was a short left hook that split him open.
Hopkins (53-6-2), who claimed post-fight that he would not compete beyond age 50, barked that he was "motivated" to continue for the next two years against the best the 168- and 175-pound divisions had to offer.
After his latest performance, it's hard to doubt his advanced ability.