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       === Hopkins again becomes oldest titleholder in boxing history ===
 
 Brooklyn,  NY (Sports  Network) - Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins became the
 oldest  titleholder in  boxing  history Saturday  night  when the  48-year-old
 topped  Tavoris  Cloud  via  unanimous  decision  to  capture  the  IBF  light
 heavyweight title.
 
 Hopkins  (53-6-2) broke his  own record as the oldest man to win a major world
 boxing  title. The  native of Philadelphia, in his 31st championship bout, won
 by  scores of 116-112  from two judges and 117-111 from the other judge in the
 12-round fight.
 
 The  31-year-old Cloud (24-1) connected on 30 less punches than Hopkins (169).
 Incredibly, Hopkins threw 417 punches in the fight and Cloud 650.
 
 Making  the fifth defense  of his title, Cloud was in trouble in the middle of
 the  fight thanks to  a nasty cut that opened above his left eye. Referee Earl
 Brown  ruled  it to have come  from an accidental headbutt, but replays showed
 Hopkins  connected  with a left uppercut  that caused blood to stream from the
 eyelid.
 
 Hopkins, a former two-division champion, focused on the cut and Cloud couldn't
 overcome the injury or the tactics of a seasoned veteran.
 
 
 
 03/10 00:12:55 ET


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