Hopkins Decisions Allen

05.06.04 - Bernard Hopkins advanced to a September 18 middleweight boxing showdown by capturing a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Allen on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Much of the fight was boring as fans booed and seemed uninterested by most of the action in the ring. Hopkins retained his IBF, WBA and WBC titles in a one sided fight against a very timid Allen. For the first 6 rounds, there was little of any action, but suddenly in the 7th round, Hopkins knocked Allen down with a big right hand. However, Allen immediately got up but was not a factor for the rest of the way.

Hopkins appeared to be using a safety first style, not wanting to risk losing out on the De La Hoya fight and the 15 million dollars that he could get if he wins. The judges scores were 119-107, 119-107 and 117-109. Needless to say, it was more or less a typical Hopkins fight, with a lot of feinting, stalking, wrestling and very little boxing.

Article posted on 07.06.2004

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