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December 12, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Ronald "Winky" Wright unanimously outpointed Australia's Sam Soliman in a World Boxing Council elimination fight Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun casino. The victory by Wright is expected to set up a showdown with Jermain Taylor, the World Boxing Association and WBC middleweight champion, next year. "Soliman was very awkward," Wright said. "He came to fight. I thought he would wind down, but he was very tough. I give him a lot of credit. I did what I needed to do to win. I want Jermain Taylor as soon as possible.
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December 11, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Drawn into a slugfest, Winky Wright survived to set himself up for a potential big payday. Wright fought fire with fire against the frenetic Sam Soliman, posting a unanimous decision in a middleweight clash last night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Wright has not lost since 1999. With the win, Wright (50-3, 25 KOs) cleared himself for a presumed bout with middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, who won his rematch with Bernard Hopkins a week ago. That fight may take place in the summer, after Taylor fights a less challenging opponent in the spring.
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July 21, 2005 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bernard Hopkins has filed?an appeal with the Nevada?State Athletic Commission asking for a review of his world championship fight Saturday against Jermain Taylor in Las Vegas. Taylor won by a split decision to take Hopkins' middleweight titles and end Hopkins' 12-year unbeaten streak. Marc Ratner, executive director of the Nevada commission, said he had never heard of a fight result being overturned on appeal, but he has passed the tape to the state attorney general and was reviewing the fight tape with the officials.
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March 17, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Bernard Hopkins says he'll make other plans if Jermain Taylor doesn't quickly accept a $1.5 million offer to fight the North Philadelphian for his undisputed middleweight title on July 16. Hopkins said yesterday that the purse being offered by his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, is fair enough if Taylor is serious about trying to win the middleweight title. "Jermain Taylor has his opportunity, and his opportunity in the next 24 hours is probably over," Hopkins said. "We're not begging these guys to fight.
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December 6, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Jermain Taylor won a unanimous decision over William Joppy on Saturday in Little Rock, Ark., retaining his WBC Continental Americas belt and keeping a perfect record. Taylor outpointed Joppy in the 12-round bout, 120-107, and improved to 22-0. Joppy (34-4-1) was in the ring for the first time since losing his middleweight crown a year ago and spent most of the fight making the much more aggressive Taylor chase him. Joppy landed few blows and seemed more content to frustrate Taylor.
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July 18, 2005 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If it's true that Bernard Hopkins thrives on proving that the world against him is wrong, he is thriving like crazy now. Hopkins (46-3-2) thinks he was robbed in his loss Saturday to Jermain Taylor. And before the North Philadelphia fighter tries to get even in a rematch (tentatively slated for October), he's getting mad. Some agree that he was robbed, but two of the fight's three judges didn't see it that way, and theirs are the only opinions that matter. Taylor (24-0)
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December 3, 2005 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jermain Taylor, the Olympic medalist and undefeated and undisputed middleweight champion of the world, who fights Bernard Hopkins tonight in a 12-round rematch of their July battle, already has one thing Hopkins has never had in his stellar boxing career. And maybe that's what burns up Hopkins more than anything - even more than the judges' split decision in favor of Taylor, which has had Hopkins fuming since summer. Taylor (24-0), champion for less than six months, has instant legitimacy as a middleweight king.
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July 5, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Unbeaten Joe Calzaghe has relinquished his WBC super-middleweight title to set up a potential fight against Roy Jones Jr. for the light-heavyweight belt. Calzaghe, 36, who went up to light heavyweight to defeat Bernard Hopkins in April, hopes to fight Jones Jr. in September. The British Boxing Board of Control confirmed Calzaghe's decision yesterday. If he had kept the super-middleweight title, the Welshman would have been obligated to defend it against British fighter Carl Froch.
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February 8, 2008 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
The boxing card tonight at the Blue Horizon will feature fighters from Israel, Egypt, North Philadelphia and Passaic, N.J. More than a couple of the pugilists on the seven-fight bout sheet have as many losses as wins, although to a man they're as tough as the potholes on North Broad Street. The evening also will include a tribute to Tex Cobb, the former heavyweight contender who graduated from Temple last month. In short, Blue Horizon matchmaker Don Elbaum explains, "it's what it's supposed to be. This is what the Blue Horizon is. " In the main event, junior welterweight Lenny DeVictoria of North Philadelphia (10-10)
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December 11, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Fighting at home for the first time since becoming middleweight champion, Jermain Taylor was a little too excited. "I came out trying for the knockout and threw a lot of wild punches," Taylor said. "That is something you're not supposed to do in boxing. " Taylor eventually settled for a unanimous decision over Kassim Ouma in North Little Rock, Ark., on Saturday night, a fitting ending to a homecoming that was successful but far from perfect. But Taylor (26-0-1) landed most of the big punches, and toward the end, Ouma's only chance was an unlikely knockout.
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March 8, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S NOT HARD to figure out what IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud is thinking going into his title defense against Bernard Hopkins on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's likely the same thing guys such as Chad Dawson, Jean Pascal, Kelly Pavlik, Joe Calzaghe and Jermain Taylor thought before they stepped into the ring with Hopkins: Put "The Executioner" down. Grow your brand and reputation by being the fighter who finally sent the ageless wonder into retirement.
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January 17, 2012
IT APPARENTLY is easier to defeat Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins in the ring than in a courtroom. Hopkins, the WBC light-heavyweight champion from North Philadelphia who turned 47 on Sunday, ran his record to 4-0 in lawsuits filed against him while represented by attorney Arnold Joseph when a jury ruled in his favor Thursday in a breach-of-contract action brought by the estate of Hopkins' former trainer, Bouie Fisher ...
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May 17, 2011
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 holder of a widely recognized world championship when he challenges WBC light-heavyweight titlist Jean Pascal on Saturday night in Montreal. Here is his account of No. 4, Hopkins' unanimous decision over Kelly Pavlik on Oct. 18, 2008, in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. At 26, WBC/WBO middleweight champion Pavlik seemingly had every physical advantage over Hopkins.
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December 19, 2010 | By Don Steinberg, FOR THE INQUIRER
QUÉBEC CITY - The Executioner has slipped Father Time once more, but Bernard Hopkins' late-innings comeback last night wasn't enough to put him in the record books. Hopkins, less than a month shy of his 46th birthday, came from behind to earn a majority draw last night against 28-year-old light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal before a sold-out crowd of more than 16,000 at the Pepsi Coliseum. Hopkins came up short in his bid to become the oldest boxer to win a world title belt, and Pascal retained it. "I had that guy beat up," Hopkins said.
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April 16, 2010 | By Don Steinberg FOR THE INQUIRER
The last time we saw middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in these parts, he was in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall being schooled for 12 rounds by the ageless tactician Bernard Hopkins, who handed Pavlik the only loss of his pro career. That was in October 2008. On Saturday, Pavlik will return to the Boardwalk Hall ring, hoping to remind the local boxing crowd how much they loved him after he got up off the canvas there to knock out Jermain Taylor in 2007. Pavlik will defend his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization middleweight (160-pound)
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August 6, 2008 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kelly Pavlik looked confused as he came to the podium in the back room of Chickie's and Pete's restaurant. After his promoter, Todd Duboef, introduced him, the 6-foot-2 Pavlik bent over to speak into the microphone, but couldn't be heard. Former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, sitting to Pavlik's left, got up from his chair and adjusted the microphone to Pavlik's height. "This is the only time I'm going to help you," Hopkins said, as the audience laughed. The gesture was simple, but certainly symbolic.
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July 5, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Unbeaten Joe Calzaghe has relinquished his WBC super-middleweight title to set up a potential fight against Roy Jones Jr. for the light-heavyweight belt. Calzaghe, 36, who went up to light heavyweight to defeat Bernard Hopkins in April, hopes to fight Jones Jr. in September. The British Boxing Board of Control confirmed Calzaghe's decision yesterday. If he had kept the super-middleweight title, the Welshman would have been obligated to defend it against British fighter Carl Froch.
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April 21, 2008 | By Ashley Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
His fighter was not bruised or bloodied, but Freddie Roach knew what so many others at the Thomas and Mack Center did late Saturday night - at age 43, Bernard Hopkins should hang it up. He has had a stellar career, but eventually not even one of the greatest boxers of his generation can beat Father Time. On Saturday, the Philadelphia native lost his light-heavyweight title in a split decision to 36-year-old southpaw Joe Calzaghe of Newbridge, Wales. Hopkins vehemently disagreed with the decision.
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April 18, 2008 | By Ashley Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is it. No more. For real this time. Probably. It should be. It could be. It might not. He'll see. Try as he might, Bernard Hopkins can't decide. That nagging number attached to his name, 43, means he is of the age that he should retire from boxing. He has his health, his wits, his looks, and his life. But he is here, in an unassuming second-floor gym on a quiet, tree-lined street in Old Town Pasadena, dripping sweat and dodging a double-end bag because it was easier to say no to his beloved Nettie and his little princess, Patrice, and even his mother, God rest her soul, than it was to say no to boxing.
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February 20, 2008 | By Ashley Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Amtrak train No. 2154 sped north yesterday morning and rays of sunlight flickered into the first-class cabin, Bernard Hopkins stretched out and slept in his seat. The hood of his black sweatshirt cinched tightly around his face and a newspaper spread across the table in front of him, Hopkins was the picture of peace, a man catching a quick snooze before work. Only after arriving in New York and cutting a swath through the morning rush at Penn Station did Hopkins turn into the Executioner.
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