Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 3/10/13
Bernard Hopkins became the oldest man to ever win a major world boxing title after he scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud to win the IBF light-heavyweight title at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. The frisky 48-year-old Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs) pulled out a collection of tricks from his three decades of experience to school the 31-year-old Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) and hand him his first defeat. The sometimes brash and outspoken Hopkins beat his own record of winning a title at 46 when he defeated Jean pascal for the WBC 174-pound title in 2011. Hopkins started the fight by clinging on to Cloud — who has been called a mini-Mike Tyson — before a warning from referee Earl Brown to be more active.  Cloud took advantage of his speed over his flat-footed opponent who skirted the ropes to avoid Cloud's heavy-handed misses. In the fifth, a cut opened over Cloud's right eye and streamed blood until his corner stemmed the bleeding until the eighth round. Hopkins...
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