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Old 08-28-2011, 03:41 AM   #16
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:19 AM   #17
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Hopkins is too big and too smart theres no way he loses this one
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:17 AM   #18
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Well, here's the thing. At 5'5" Qawi has a 71 inch reach, compared to the 6'1" 'Nard's 75 inch reach, and Dwight was well schooled by the sage team of Quenzell McCall and Wesley Mouzon in the art of turning his stature into an asset. He actually had to learn to fight inside, his natural inclination being to compete from outside. Ike was the closest thing we've had in modern times to Langford with respect to physical dimensions. (Sam was an inch taller with an inch more in height than Qawi.) Factoring in Dwight's outstanding slip and counter jab, BHOP's reach advantage would be negligible as I see it. Many believe that Qawi deserved the first match over Holyfield (Evander standing 6'2-1/2" with a 78 inch reach), and the 6'2-1/2" Michael Spinks had a 76 inch reach, and boxed perfectly. These are future HW champions here who defeated ATG's in the top division. X's best weight was 160. His resume at 175 only dates back to 2006, and it's a substantial leap of faith to assume he could beat Dwight at 175 peak for peak when he never competed above 160 during his prime.

I though this might come down to a discussion of whether the "midget" or the "middleweight" would be at greatest advantage or disadvantage.

Right now, the one thing I'd definitely put money on is that this one would go to the final bell. Hopkins has never been stopped, and at his age, it really doesn't matter now if he ever is for fantasy pairings like this.
Well that's the thing Hopkins nearly has the same dimensions as Spinks who could completely control Qawi from range. Hopkins in skillset is outright better than Spinks, not as physical at 175 but more skilled

Yes Qawi's reach isn't that bad (still a disadvantage) but that's counteracted by the fact he has to punch so far up, which is a longer arc, Hopkins has to punch at shoulder height, which is a shorter distance.

Qawi is a great infighter granted but BHOPs is a master of forcing you to fight at his range and spoiling, he'd grab on for dear life whenever Qawi gets inside.

Yes BHOPs has only been at LHW since 06 but he still is arguably more proven than Qawi at the weight
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Well that's the thing Hopkins nearly has the same dimensions as Spinks who could completely control Qawi from range. Hopkins in skillset is outright better than Spinks, not as physical at 175 but more skilled

Yes Qawi's reach isn't that bad (still a disadvantage) but that's counteracted by the fact he has to punch so far up, which is a longer arc, Hopkins has to punch at shoulder height, which is a shorter distance.

Qawi is a great infighter granted but BHOPs is a master of forcing you to fight at his range and spoiling, he'd grab on for dear life whenever Qawi gets inside.

Yes BHOPs has only been at LHW since 06 but he still is arguably more proven than Qawi at the weight
PowerPuncher surely doesn't know that Hopkins is 5'10" in reality while Spinks was 6'1".
But then it is PP
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:57 PM   #20
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Qawi, too strong for the feather fisted Hopkins.
B.S - a 40+ years old B-hop floored at 175 top fighters with great chins like Tarver, Calzaghe and Pscal. Hopkins fights a cautious dirty fight, grabs a lot on the inside and wins an ugly UD. Qawi is too short and predictable to be able to beat Hopkins
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