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If Bernard Hopkins v Oscar de la Hoya did not quite live up to its ludicrously lofty billing, it was through no fault of the fighters.
Their Las Vegas showdown had been compared to one of the most memorable middleweight contests ever - Sugar Ray Leonard's victory over Marvin Hagler.
That 1987 bout was blessed with a shock result, the retired Leonard stepping up in weight and dethroning Hagler, who had looked unbeatable.
But Saturday's skirmish went to form with Hopkins - the natural middleweight - defending his crown for the 19th and perhaps penultimate time.