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Hopkins takes Holmes' WBC middleweight title

Updated: April 15, 2001, 12:56 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK – Longtime IBF middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins said if he didn't knock out WBC champ Keith Holmes in their title fight Saturday night, he didn't deserve to win.

The unanimous decision will do, though.

"First of all, I did predict I would knock him out," Hopkins said. "Second of all, I lied. No more guaranteed knockouts."

Winners can afford to make jokes and Hopkins was a decisive winner in the opener of the unification series. The unanimous decision ...

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