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Hopkins defies age to upset Pavlik

The former middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins upsets the current champion Kelly Pavlik with a unanimous points decision.

Bernard Hopkins, left, showed his younger opponent Kelly Pavlik a masterclass in boxing in their non-title bout in Atlantic City.
Bernard Hopkins, left, showed his younger opponent Kelly Pavlik a masterclass in boxing in their non-title bout in Atlantic City.

ATLANTIC CITY // The former middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins upset the current champion Kelly Pavlik with a unanimous points decision in a non-title fight on Saturday. There were no knockdowns but the 43-year-old Hopkins defied his age by battering the slower, supposedly stronger Pavlik throughout the one-sided fight to inflict his first defeat as a professional. Hopkins improved to 49-5-1 (win, loss, draw) by beating Pavlik, who was a 4-1 favourite.

The 26-year-old Pavlik lost for the first time in his 25-fight career in the same building where he became middleweight champion by knocking out Jermain Taylor last year. Pavlik's World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organisation middleweight titles were not at stake, however, because the pay-per-view fight was contested at a catch weight of 170 pounds. *Reuters