By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make history by schooling and thoroughly outclassing WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) to unify the titles on Saturday night in front of 6,823 at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Hopkins’ experience and awkward grabbing style totally befuddled Shumenov, who foolishly didn’t even have a trainer in the corner to advise him on tactics. Hopkins was able to mostly dictate the pace and for the most part easily counter whatever the 19 years younger Shumenov did. Hopkins floored Shumenov with a right hand in round eleven. Scores on two cards were 116-111, 116-111 Hopkins. Judge Gustavo Padilla somehow scored the one-sided route 114-113 for Shumenov!
In the most impressive performance of the night, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round KO over former champ Paul Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KOs). Porter staggered Malignaggi in round two and dealt serious hurt to the “Magic Man.” Porter continued to punish Paulie in round three. Porter finally dropped Malignaggi in round four and then laid him out with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:14.
In a third world title fight, WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs). Quillin was mostly in command, but the uber-tough Konecny showed lots of heart and battled to the end. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 119-109.