Winky Wright Was Right: Bernard Hopkins Is a Dirty Fighter
In the run-up to their fight, Winky Wright called Bernard Hopkins a "dirty fighter." Hopkins didn't disagree.
After their fight Saturday night, no one else should disagree, either.
Hopkins is a spectacular athlete who's doing incredible things at age 42, but he won his fight in large part because Wright was dealing with the effects of a brutal head butt that opened a major gash over his eye. The head butt was ruled accidental, and Wright said after the fight that he didn't think Hopkins meant to do it, but after watching the replay several times, it looks intentional.
Hopkins also held Wright, constantly, all night. These are two defensive fighters, and a lot of holding was to be expected, but Hopkins was almost always the one initiating the clinch and almost always the second one to let go. Holding and head butts are fouls, and Hopkins should have had a couple of points deducted.
Of course, even with two points deducted, Hopkins would have won on all three judges' scorecards. One judge scored it 116-112; the other two had it 117-111. Hopkins is both a dirty fighter and a great fighter.