Daily News boxing writer Bernard Fernandez counts down what he considers to be the top five performances by 46-year-old Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, who bids to become the oldest fighter to win a widely recognized world championship when he challenges WBC light-heavyweight titlist Jean Pascal Saturday night in Montreal.
Here is his account of No. 2, Hopkins' unanimous decision over IBO light-heavyweight titlist Antonio Tarver on June 10, 2006, in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
Hopkins is very adept at getting an opponent off-balance through the use of feints, which help set up his punches. He also demonstrated that he is very good at using the feint under different circumstances in what was supposed to be his farewell to boxing.