Bernard Hopkins eclipsed his own record as the oldest boxing champion on Saturday night with his unanimous-decision victory over Tavoris Cloud at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But did an elbow by "The Executioner" to Cloud's left eye help the 48-year-old champion win the IBF light-heavyweight title?
"He hit me with an elbow but I'm not complaining," Cloud said after the bout, his first loss in 20 outings. "It is what it is."
Actually, that would be a complaint. The referee ruled it an accidental head butt, but replays showed it was a short left hook, complete with elbow, that did the damage.
Hopkins (53-6-2) was the better boxer aside from that. He landed 169 of 417 punches while Cloud could land only 139 out of 650 punches. Hopkins also connected on an impressive 48% (110 of 227) of his power shots.