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Hopkins totally dominates his younger rival; LIVERPOOL/NON-LEAGUE/BOXING.

BERNARD Hopkins used an assortment of punches to completely dominate Kelly Pavlik and scored a unanimous 1 2-round decision in a non-title light heavy weight fight at Boardwalk Hall.

Hopkins (49-5-1) at times toyed with his much younger opponent, using several bolo punches that landed solidly on Pavlik, 17 years Hopkins' junior.

Pavlik (34-1) moved up to the light heavyweight category for this fight and suffered the first defeat of his professional career after going undefeated as middleweight champion.

The 26-year-old Pavlik, who entered the bout as more than a 4-1 favourite, absorbed the bulk of Hopkins' various left jabs, overhand rights and numerous left-right combinations that left the fighter from Youngstown, Ohio totally confused. Pavlik hung in there until the end as both fighters continued to exchange blows as the final bell sounded.

"Pavlik is tough. He's a great champion," Hopkins said.

"He was very heavy-handed and I could feel his power, but he never hurt me, because I made sure he never hit me flush."

Judges Alan Rubenstein (119-106), Steven Weisfeld (118-108) and Barbara Perez (117-109) all gave Hopkins a substantial margin of victory with Rubenstein awarding Hopkins all 12 rounds.

The 43-year-old Hopkins glared defiantly at the media assembled at ringside as the final scorecards were announced.

Hopkins said: "You (the media) all got a right to voice your opinion, but I wanted to look and stare, like I did when I beat Tito (Trinidad) as a 4-1 underdog."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2008
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