HISTORY IS MADE AGAIN AS BERNARD HOPKINS DEFEATS BEIBUT SHUMENOV TO BECOME THE UNIFIED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION SHAWN PORTER DOMINATES PAULIE MALIGNAGGI IN DEFENSE OF IBF WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP; PETER QUILLIN RETAINS WBO MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), at 49-years-old, made history once again on Saturday night. He is now the oldest man to unify a boxing world championship and the oldest fighter to defend a world title-besting his own record-as he defeated Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion. Judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored the fight 116-111 for the future Hall of Famer while Gustavo Padilla scored the bout 114-113 for Shumenov.
In the co-feature bouts, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-0-1, 14 KOs) overwhelmed Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) to remain undefeated and retain his IBF Welterweight World Championship with an impressive fourth-round TKO over the veteran fighter. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) retained his WBO Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision win over Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs) in a fight controlled by “Kid Chocolate.”
The event, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, took place at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.
Boxing’s elder statesman, Hopkins was calm and confident throughout the fight, enforcing ring generalship against Shumenov who was never able to figure out a game plan to score. Shumenov, who is self-trained, threw very few combinations, and did not press the pace. Hopkins, on the other hand, dazzled with his timing, counterpunching and, at times, showmanship. In the 11th round, Hopkins landed a short right hand that sent Shumenov to the canvas for the fifth time in his career.
After the judges scores were read, SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray asked Hopkins what he thought of the split decision. He responded, “Listen, when you get into all that about the judges and all that stuff, they go to school. They have commissions to regulate all that. I don’t like to get into all of that. It’s not my job to deal with that. It’s my job to get ready and to unify the championship before 50.”
When Gray asked about his legacy, Hopkins compared himself to another boxing great. “I describe my legacy like a Joe Frazier. We get knocked down but we get back up. I’ll let the historians analyze and debate over the years as I grow a deeper gray beard watching soap operas. I’ll let them break down my legacy.”
On his future, Hopkins said, “We are with SHOWTIME until I end my career. Stevenson, I am coming to Canada. I am getting my papers together. I want to be the undisputed light heavyweight world champion this year, period.”
A disappointed Shumenov told Gray, “To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about the scorecard. I tried hard. Bernard, but he was the better man tonight. I chose the wrong strategy and used the wrong style. I am angry that I couldn’t get the victory. I am a true warrior and I want to fight only the best. Tonight, obviously it wasn’t my fight.”
In the middle fight of the three fight SHOWTIME telecast, Porter rushed Malignaggi right from the opening bell and opened up a cut on Malignaggi’s cheek in the first round. In the second round, Malignaggi was clearly hurt by a leaping left hook from the champion.
Early in the fourth, Porter threw a powerful right hand to the temple, dropping Malignaggi for the fourth time in his career. While Malignaggi gamely continued, he was clearly hurt. Porter closed the show with a barrage of punches that sent Malignaggi down again and forced referee Sam Williams to wave waved off the fight without a count at 1:14 of round four.
In the aftermath, Gray asked Porter what it was that Malignaggi had told him just moments after the bout. “Paulie, wished me the best and I don’t know what he is looking at for himself [in the future] but he said, ‘Make sure they know that I lost to a great champion. Go out there and be great.’ I am going to honor his words and his wishes.”
Speaking about the win, Porter said, “I definitely needed this victory. To get it like that from a guy like this. He touched me in every way possible being in the ring with him. I knew what he was coming with. But I always had questions of my own. I came in and answered those questions tonight.”
When asked what he wants next, Porter said, “I’m going to enjoy this and let my team handle what is next. I’m sure they will all communicate. We’ll come up with the next game plan and we’ll tackle it.”
Gray then asked Malignaggi what it was that he told Porter. “I just said, ‘Don’t make me have lost to an average fighter. Go be great so that I can say that a really great fighter beat me.’ I know that he has that potential.
Regarding retirement, “If I do retire, and I don’t want to make that decision right now while I am emotional, but I don’t want to do it off of an average champion. I want to do it off of a great champion.
Breaking down the fight, Malignaggi said, “He was controlling the distance. I couldn’t get going. He was going away and then bringing the attack. He mixed it up well. He came right at me at times and then, at other times, he moved away.”
When asked about retiring and focusing the rest of his career solely on his commentating work for SHOWTIME, Malignaggi said, “I can’t really think about that right now. If I give you an answer right now I would tell you that I am stopping fighting but maybe I’d change my mind next week. I want to go home and think about it.”
Quillin, who implemented his game plan from the first round, was the stronger, quicker and more effective fighter. While Konecny never appeared to be in jeopardy of going down, he wasn’t able to adjust to Quillin’s style and won 2 just rounds combined on the three judges’ scorecards. The scores were 120-108 and 119-109, twice.
After the fight, Quillin said, “I’m thankful that I was able to get up in here with a tough customer in front of me and get up and fight.”
SHOWTIME EXTREME® Results:
Sadam Ali (18-0, 11 KOs) defeated Michael Clark (44-9-1, 18 KOs) via a first-round knockout (2:06) in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout.
Marcus Browne (9-0, 7 KOs) defeated Otis Griffin (24-15-2, 10 KOs) in an 8-round light heavyweight bout via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 80-71.
Zachary Ochoa (6-0, 3 KOs) defeated Hector Marengo (6-7-4, 4 KOs) via TKO due to the request of Marengo’s corner to end the scheduled 6-round junior welterweight bout.
Tonight’s SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast will replay on Wednesday, April 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
Hopkins vs. Shumenov, a 12-round fight for the IBF, WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight World Championship, took place Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila. In the 12-round co-features, Shawn Porter defended his IBF Welterweight World Title against Paulie Malignaggi and Peter Quillin retained his WBO Middleweight World Title against Lukas Konecny.Bernard Hopkins made “History At The Capitol” with his defeat over Beibut Shumenov (PHOTOS) HISTORY IS MADE AGAIN AS BERNARD HOPKINS DEFEATS BEIBUT SHUMENOV TO BECOME THE UNIFIED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION SHAWN PORTER DOMINATES PAULIE MALIGNAGGI IN DEFENSE OF IBF WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP; PETER QUILLIN RETAINS WBO MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP…
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ORLANDO, FL – Continúa la impresionante racha del ‘Diamante’. El sensacional prospecto puertorriqueño Félix Verdejo añadió otro sensacional triunfo a sus palmares al dominar al mexicano Iván ‘El Oso’ Zavala en el combate co-estelar del cartel ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que se celebró ante cerca de mil fans en el Bahía Shriners Events Center.
“Le quiero dar la gloria a Dios por permitirme disfrutarme esta oportunidad de traerle alegría a la fanaticada acá en Orlando. Estoy bien contento” dijo el ex olímpico boricua. “Salí a boxear que fue lo que me ordenó la esquina y el golpe llegó”.
Con la victoria ante Zavala, Verdejo mejoró su marca a 12-0, 9 KO’s.
El próximo compromiso de Verdejo será el 7 de junio en la función en la cual el boricua Miguel Cotto retará al argentino Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martínez por el título peso mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) en el Madison Square Garden de la ciudad de Nueva York.
Legendary former heavyweight champion @MikeTyson took a break from his promotional duties for Friday’s #ShoBox The New Generation tripleheader to enjoy arcade games with two of his children at Latitude 40 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
#Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions will make its promotional debut on #SHOWTIME®, home of 16 of Tyson’s last 18 fights, live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., located outside of the Steel City.
Joining Tyson at Latitude 40 prior to a press conference and meet-and-greet with fans was his daughter, Milan, and his son, Morocco.
In the 10-round main event, heavy-hitting Cuban lightweight Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-0, 16 KOs), of Miami, Fla., by way Cork, Ireland, and Havana, Cuba, will be opposed by his toughest opponent to-date, Pittsburgh-area crowd favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (18-3, 3 KOs), of Bunola, Pa.
In the co-feature, undefeated southpaw and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (14-0, 8 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., by way of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic will box Emmanuel Lartey (15-1-1, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Ghana, in an eight-round welterweight bout.
In the opening bout of the telecast, local favorite and war veteran Sammy Vasquez, Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs), of Monesson, Pa., will meet fellow unbeaten Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-0, 5 KOs), of Union City, N.J., in an eight-round welterweight bout.
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
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