Bernard Hopkins broke his own record on Saturday evening at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York, as he defeated IBF titleholder Tavoris Cloud via unanimous decision in an HBO televised fight. He once again became the oldest champion in boxing's long and storied history, erasing his old record from when he had defeated Jean Pascal.
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The Hopkins vs. Cloud fight played out much as you probably thought it would. Hopkins proved he was the superior technician. He dictated the fight, he landed his signature punches, he controlled the pace and geography of the bout in the way that only he could.
Cloud put forth a game effort, and he stayed busier than Hopkins. But he didn't do enough or throw enough to take Hopkins out of his rhythm.
Also noteworthy was that Hopkins was basically calling out to HBO and Showtime to sign him up for a long-term contract. He wants to stick around.
And apparently, he wants to stick around for at least several more years. All o...