Bernard Hopkins vs Antonio Tarver – Highlights (Hopkins DOMINATES Tarver)


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June 10th, 2006. Boxing Legend Bernard Hopkins takes on “The Magic Man” Antonio Tarver as Tarver looks to defend his IBO Light Heavyweight title. Going into the fight Tarver had a record of 24-4 while Hopkins 46-4-1. Tarver was 3-1 favorite against Hopkins.

In May 2004, Tarver shockingly handed the great Roy Jones Jr. his 2nd career loss via TKO2. Tarver knocked out Captain Hook in the 2nd round with his best punch – a straight left hand flush on Jones Jr’s chin. It was named Knockout of the Year by Ring Magazine. With this win, Tarver won numerous titles; the IBO, IBA, WBF, WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight straps. He also avenged his controversial loss to Jones Jr in their first meeting back in November 2003 with this stunning victory.

He would lose his IBO title via a competitive SD against Glen Johnson in December of the same year, and recapture the title in a rematch via UD in June 2005. He also successfully defended the title once again over Roy Jones Jr. via UD in October 2005.

On July 2005, Bernard Hopkins was upset by a young upcoming Jermaine Taylor as he lost his WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF titles via SD; officially ending his 10 year undefeated streak in the Middleweight division. He would again lose to Taylor in December of the same year via UD. Hopkins then makes a move up to fight Tarver as his 1st opponent in the 175 pound weight division.

Despite being the naturally bigger fighter and a 3-1 favorite against Hopkins, Tarver was dominated from start to finish and unable to significantly hurt Hopkins. Tarver had made a side bet of 250,000 before this fight, stating that he would finish Hopkins in the 5th round. Ironically, Hopkins knocks him down in the 5th; the same round which Tarver predicted his victory. The winnings went to Hopkins’ Make A Way foundation. This is also the 1st time in which Tarver was knocked down as a pro.

Interestingly, Hopkins had a record of 9-0 against southpaws in his career before this thus this victory makes him 10-0 against southpaws. Hopkins was also awarded The Ring Light Heavyweight crown with this spectacular win.

Final punch stats shows that Hopkins landed more than twice as many power punches and total punches over Tarver. Towards the end of the fight, Tarver’s eyes were badly swollen.

Hope you guys enjoy this highlight of one of Hopkins’ most brilliant performances!

In about 1 week, The Alien will be taking on hard hitting Irishman Joe Smith Jr as his last fight. “The Irish Bomber” shocked the boxing world with his unbelievable knockout over Andrzej Fonfara in June of this year. Will Hopkins put on yet another brilliant performance against a young blood?

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