Originally Posted by redrooster
he wasn't off balance, he was hurt. Don't you know what a hurt fighter looks like? That's why Bernard didn't move in until several rounds later when the hurt wore off.
Hopkins is the 90's version of james Kinchen, only he doesn't have quite the talent and power James had, tho more fire than the heat (no pun intended). james was also a sharper hitter.
make no mistake, Hopkins would not get the respect of Tommy Hearns and he couldn't hope to match his speed. Bernard doesn't have much to his game and has no real weapons. Larry Merchant discussed his lack of power which is what I said all along. He's too low on power and Tommy is much faster and sharper. he might even knock out X with that big right hand
But remember that Kichen did hurt Tommy in that fight and had him clinching like a octopus in heat. But still i would pick Hearns to win based on his better boxing ability from the outside