Bernard Hopkins suffered his first loss since 2012 on Saturday (Nov. 8), when he was dominated by light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev.
The Russian champ earned a unanimous decision over the 49-year-old, sending him to the canvas in the first round and pounding him throughout a lop-sided fight on his way to unifying three light heavyweight titles.
The judges’ scorecards had Kovalev winning every round with 120-107, 120-107 and 120-106.
“I’m very happy,” Kovalev said. “This victory was for my son Aleksandr.”
Kovalev remains undefeated, improving to 26-0-1 with 23 KOs, while Hopkins’ record falls to 55-7-2 with 32 KOs.
After the fight, Hopkins — who will be 50 in January — was not sure if he would retire. “It’s 50-50,” he said. “I don’t really want to say anything. Everybody will have a long time to talk about my career when it is over. It’s been 50-50 for the last nine years. I’ve done what I had to do. I’m fine. Really, I’m fine.”