WBO Light Welterweight champion Kendall Holt took on undefeated challenger Demetrius Hopkins last night on Showtime. Holt was originally scheduled to face Ricardo Torres in a rubber match but Torres had to pull out last week due to an illness. Hopkins was originally scheduled to fight on this undercard in a welterweight bout but agreed to drop the seven pounds he needed in order to get a shot at a world title. Demetrius Hopkins is the nephew of Bernard Hopkins and will be fighting in his first world title fight. Holt will be making his first world title defense.
Kendall Holt vs. Demetrius Hopkins (WBO Light Welterweight Title)
The fight started off sluggish, as even the announcers admitted the first three rounds could have gone any way. These two were fighting as if they had been preparing for other fighters. The combinations came out in the third round and there were a lot of nice exchanges. Holt was tending to get off first, which turned out to be key in this fight. There wasn’t a lot of relentless action as this fight was comprised of many separate spurts. Hopkins was looking to counterpunch but Holt got off first and didn’t let his combos last more than three shots. He was in and out, leaving Hopkins to regroup. As you may know, regrouping is not one of the four elements used in scoring a fight.
Kendall Holt built up momentum leading into the championship rounds. Hopkins was game but it just seemed that Holt wanted it more. Hopkins’ corner was pleading with him to be more active. That’s usually not a good sign for a fighter. Hopkins was not going towards Holt and trying to take his title. Holt, however, was fighting to keep his. While neither fighter was ever hurt or cut, Holt landed the more meaningful shots. He also worked the body, something Hopkins seemed to forget about.
Oddly enough, the scorecards were read and Demetrius Hopkins won the first card 115-113. Holt won the next two cards, 116-112 and 117-111, to retain his title by split decision. It wasn’t a travesty for the fight to be a split decision as sometimes can be the case, but the right man won the fight and that’s all that matters. Timothy Bradley was in attendance to hype a fight with the winner but there is also the issue of Ricardo Torres. Regardless of where this goes next, Kendall Holt has a lot of options at 140 pounds while Ricky Hatton tries to make a fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Tags: Boxing, Kendall Holt, Light Welterweight