By Jack Price @PriceyJ97.
Demetrius Hopkins (33-2, 13KO's), nephew of the boxing legend Bernard 'B-Hop' Hopkins, picked up the USBA light-middleweight title last night with (February 16th) with a dominant victory over Charles Whittaker (39-14, 23 KO's).
The 32-year old put on one of the best performances of his career and applied controlled pressure to his awkward opponent for the first few rounds. Whittaker, 39, gave it his best efforts but just didn't have the skill or energy to keep up with his younger opponent.
Whittaker was floored once in the 3rd round and despite bouncing straight back up and recovering instantly, just couldn't get back into the fight. Hopkins kept his composure and stuck to his boxing, beating his unwilling opponent to every punch. It all eventually became too much for Whittaker and he retired in his corner at the end of the 6th round.
Despite it being an impressive performance from Hopkins, it doesn't push him anywhere closer to his world title aspirations. He could push himself close to maybe being a contender with a few more performances like this but a world title does seem very far away at this current time. Whittaker now looks likely to retire from the sport after muttering the words "I didn't have it no more," at the end of the fight.