Bernard Hopkins vs Kelly Pavlik – Highlights (Hopkins SCHOOLS Pavlik)


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October 18, 2008. Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins aka “The Executioner” or “The Alien” takes on undefeated hard hitting WBO and WBC Middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik. Going into the fight, Hopkins and Pavlik had records of 48(32)-5-1 and 34(30)-0 respectively. Although Pavlik held two title belts, but no titles were contested in this bout. This is one of Hopkins’ greatest performance of all time, as many observers believe that a 25 year old Pavlik would be too much for the 43 year old Hopkins.

In September 2007, Pavlik takes on hard punching two time conqueror of Hopkins, Jermain Taylor for his WBO and WBC Middleweight straps. Back in 2005, Taylor had pulled an upset victory over Bernard Hopkins which ended Hopkins’ 10 year reign as the Middleweight King of his era. And later on in the same year, Taylor once again defeated Hopkins in a rematch. In a gruelling battle named Fight of the Year 2007 by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Pavlik scored a TKO7 victory over Taylor and in the same year won a rematch via UD.

In June 2006, Hopkins moved up to Light Heavyweight to take on 3-1 betting favorite “The Magic Man” Antonio Tarver as Tarver looks to defend his IBO crown. In a stunning performance, Hopkins dominated Tarver from pillar to post en route to a dominant UD victory. Hopkins was awarded The Ring Magazine World Light Heavyweight title for his win.

In April 2008, Hopkins takes on legendary Welshman Joe Calzaghe aka The Italian Dragon. Hopkins scored an early knockdown, and was able to stop Calzaghe from using his incredible workrate, hand speed and pinpoint accuracy to overwhelm him. However, Calzaghe managed to adapt to Hopkins’ style and outboxed Hopkins for the most part of the second half. Calzaghe won via SD.

In this fight, Hopkins landed punches at will to the body and head of Pavlik, winning every round. Both fighters lost one point each for fouls (not shown in the highlights), but it does little to affect the final scorecards. With this tremendous victory, Hopkins silenced his skeptics.

On December 2016, Hopkins will be fighting his very last fight against 27 year old Joe Smith Jr. aka “The Irish Bomber”, who scored a shocking upset knockout victory over Andrzej Fonfara. Smith Jr’s record now stands at 22(18)-1.

What are you predictions? Will Hopkins once again prove that age is indeed only a number or will The Irish Bomber beat the living legend as he did Fonfara? Let me know in the comments.

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