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Hopkins defends title for 17th time

Updated: December 15, 2003, 1:04 AM ET
By Thomas Gerbasi | Maxboxing.com

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- In an anticlimactic main event that saw many patrons heading for the exits by round eight, Bernard Hopkins retained his undisputed middleweight crown with a 12-round unanimous decision win over a game but overmatched William Joppy.

Scores were 119-109, 118-109, 119-108 for Hopkins, who lifts his record to 43-2-1 with 31 KOs. Joppy falls to 34-3-1 with 25 KOs.

Hopkins made his 17th title defense in a fight that had little of the drama and color of the Spinks-Mayorga ...

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