Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs) easily boxed his way to a six-round TKO win over an overmatched Charles Whittaker (39-14-2, 23 KOs) on the undercard of the Adrien Broner-Gavin Rees fight card from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
From the moment this fight started, Demetrius Hopkins was two things—boring and terribly effective. His jab controlled the action, his straight left hand behind it put Whittaker on the floor in the fourth, and when the time came for Charles Whittaker’s to save himself, it was an easy decision for him to make. The fighter himself looked terrible, and quitting on the stool was fit potion for a dull, underwhelming fight.
This was for the USBA title at junior middleweight, which sets Hopkins up for a potential shot at the IBF world champion Cornelius Bundrage after K-9 gets through with his next mandatory opponent.
Charles Whittaker is 39 years old, and it might be high time for him to hang up the gloves if a step up to a relatively mediocre level of competition like a fringe guy in Demetrius Hopkins gives him this much trouble. This was a listless, weak, pathetic performance from a guy who with good reason now has 14 pro losses.
You can’t fault Hopkins for taking a soft touch here. He has to fight the guy in front of him if he wants to get a world title shot, and he fought the fight he needed to fight tonight. His jab snapped out nicely, his left cross came through like a 100 pounds lighter version of a Klitschko brother, and he broke his opponent’s confidence—no man but a punk quits on his stool unless he’s been beaten silly, and nobody’s going to call Charles Whittaker a punk. He just got his ass kicked.
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