By David Martinez
48-year old Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2 / 32 by KO) continues to amaze the boxing world with his winning ways. Hopkins scored a 12 round unanimous decision over top rated contender Karo Murat (25-2-1 / 15 by KO) to retain his IBF light heavyweight title at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Murat came out fast in the early rounds, but it was Hopkins who was more the aggressor from round four throughout fight and was willing to trade with his younger 30-year old opponent. Hopkins did what he had to do to win and stated in a pre-fight interview that he badly wanted the knockout, but was satisfied with the win.
The official scorecards were 117-110, 119-108, 119-108, with Murat being deducted a point by referee Steve Smoger for hitting on the break in round seven, my scorecard was 116-111.
In the co-feature, WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (30-0 / 22 by KO) retained his title with hard fought tenth round TKO win over Gabriel Rosado (21-7 / 13 by KO). The bout was officially stopped by the doctor due to a terrible cut over Rosado’s left eye.
Also on the card, televised by Showtime, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (30-0 / 30 by KO) completely dominated a game Nicolai Firtha (21-11-1 / 8 by KO) knocking him down twice in first round and out in round four with a perfect left hook. For Wilder, he is beyond the point in his career to be fighting low class competition and really needs to take it to the next level.