View Full Version : Hopkins schools unbeaten Pavlik in unanimous decision

10-19-2008, 11:21 PM

ATLANTIC CITY It took Bernard Hopkins 20 years, 56 fights and one spectacular performance Saturday night to finally get that elusive piece of the puzzle he felt has kept him from being a complete fighter.


After he had dispatched previously unbeaten middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik before a raucous pro-Pavlik crowd of 11,332 at Boardwalk Hall, the 43-year-old Hopkins walked to the side of the ring where the media was seated. He just stared for the longest time, mostly expressionless, not in an I-told-you-so tone, but more like he was trying to hold back the tears.

This complete schooling of a 26-year-old big puncher many thought was one of the sport's rising stars is what Hopkins needed to put an exclamation point on his resume and led him to say afterward that while he might not be the greatest 40-plus fighter there ever was, "it sure makes me a first-ballot hall of famer."

"Ninety percent of the media picked Pavlik," said Hopkins, who came into the fight a 5-1 underdog. "I always appreciate naysayers. That is what motivates me when people are against me.? I fought like I had to prove something."

Via USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/2008-10-19-hopkins-pavlik_N.htm)