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Hopkins outpoints Ornelas

Bernard Hopkins W12 Enrique Ornelas...Former middleweight and light light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, who hadn't fought in his hometown of Philadelphia in over six years, made his return to the ring a successful one on Wednesday night, winning a lopsided twelve round decision over the game but outclassed Enrique Ornelas. 

The fight pretty much went as many had anticipated, as it was a typical Hopkins performance that consisted of in fighting, brawling, mauling, and a couple bolo punches.  In the early rounds, Ornelas was able to catch Hopkins with a few clean right hands and uppercuts, but they did not seem to phase the future hall-of-famer.  Ornelas put forth a spirited effort, taking three of the first five rounds on the Boxingchronicles.com scorecard, but Hopkins settled into a groove as the fight progressed, even trying to go for the knockout in the twelfth of final round.  The light heavyweight fight went to the scorecards.  Official scores were 118-110, 120-109, and 119-109, all in favor of The Excecutioner.  Boxingchronicles.com scored the bout 117-111 for Hopkins.

Give Ornelas the ton of credit that he deserves. In all due respect, he did keep the fight kind of close in the first four or five rounds; he exhibited a tremendous amount of spirit. Tough cookie. Having said that, I do not believe that Hopkins took him quite as seriously as he's taken his last few high-profile opponents.  How on Earth could he?  From Tarver, Wright, Calzaghe and Pavlik, to a 13 month hiatus that ends with a guy named Ornelas...I'm sure one is going to distinguish the difference.

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