Bernard Hopkins KOd by Referee Mills Lane
Hopkins vs Allen ends in no contest
Bernard Hopkins 159
Robert Allen 160
Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA NC 4/12
time: 2:57 referee: Mills Lane judges: Glen Hamada 30-27, Bill Graham 29-28, Mike Glienna 28-29
IBF World middleweight title
Fight ruled a NC after Hopkins was injured when accidentally pushed out of the ring by referee Lane, who was trying to break up one of the many clinches.
Bernard Hopkins’ first bout with Robert Allen goes down as the most famous for its controversial ending. While attempting to separate the fighters from a clinch in round four, Referee Mills Lane accidentally pushes Hopkins through the ropes and down to the ringside floor. Hopkins is injured in the fall and unable to continue, rendering the bout no contest.