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Ageless Hopkins puts on masterful performance against Pavlik

An ageless wonder … a throwback fighter … and now, a ghost buster. Bernard Hopkins proved he can do it all by boxing circles around Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik for 12 rounds to earn a unanimous decision in Atlantic City on Saturday.

Originally Published: October 19, 2008
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Bernard Hopkins has defied the odds his whole life.

He'll tell you that he defied the odds just by not going back to prison after serving a 4½-year stint for armed robbery.

He became middleweight champion and held his title through 20 defenses, another odds-defying accomplishment, especially when as a huge underdog he knocked out Felix Trinidad to become undisputed champion in 2001.

On and on it went for Hopkins, who fought the system throughout ...

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