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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005, 05:12 GMT
Taylor holds off Hopkins to win
Jermain Taylor celebrates his win
Taylor (above) proved too good for Hopkins again
Jermain Taylor has retained his undisputed middleweight world title after a unanimous points decision over former champion Bernard Hopkins.

It was the second time the two had met in the ring - Taylor won a controversial split decision in July.

Hopkins had vowed not to leave it to the judges this time around but failed to deliver on his promise.

All three judges scored it 115-113 in Taylor's favour, to take his career record to 25-0.

Taylor, as in the first fight between the pair, was able to land his jab throughout while sitting back and waiting to land the big blow.

That blow never came and Hopkins gradually got himself back into contention before effectively being finished off in the 11th round.

Afterwards Taylor said: "The difference in this fight, I think Bernard was stretching me a little more.

"He kept catching me with that right hand. I've still got work to do. I give myself a B. It's not an A because I didn't knock him out. But I did win it."

Hopkins said he thought he had done enough to win the fight.

"I don't know how they gave him the last two or three rounds," he said before revealing he will take a few weeks off before making a decision about his future.

"I'm not looking to be around too long. I'll be 41 in January, I'm pushing the envelope. I'm going to sit down with my team and talk about it."


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