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Hopkins out to silence critics, Pascal

Updated: December 18, 2010, 3:19 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Before Bernard Hopkins challenged then-light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver in June 2006, he insisted that, win or lose, it would be his final fight. Throughout the promotion, Hopkins played up his impending retirement.

After Hopkins pulled the upset with a dominant decision in which he knocked Tarver down and won a near-shutout, he indeed retired at age 41, having accomplished so much in his obvious Hall of Fame-worthy career: undisputed middleweight champion; a division-record 20 ...

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