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Old 12-07-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default Bernard Hopkins Power?

Why was he unable to hurt the seemingly glass jaw Jermaine Taylor.

I'm watching their first fight right now.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bernard Hopkins Power?

He did hurt him a couple of times late in the first fight. And this was a prime, confident JT who had never lost. And Hopkins was clearly not fighting at his best weight. He was 187 against Tarver and looked tremendous. He showed JT too much respect.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:55 PM   #3
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Taylor hadn't suffered the brutal fights against Pavlik or Froch yet, which ruined his punch resistance.

He was prime, confident, and working at 100%.

Hopkins still rocked him a time or two, but didn't really land many shots with full authority in combination. It would be a hard shot here and there, rather than a string of hard shots that would have been needed.

Bernard punches hard, but he's not a 1 punch knockout guy, he's more of an attrition knockout guy.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:29 PM   #4
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Default Re: Bernard Hopkins Power?

Check the way Hop keeps his chin tucked to his chest and controls the distance even when pushed against the ropes in round 2 and then check out how Jermain back steps to the ropes end of the ninth. Jermain was not glass jawed by then, it was from the Pavlik fight that he started getting caught easily and paying for it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:52 PM   #5
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JT doesn't have the greatest chin.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #6
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Default Re: Bernard Hopkins Power?

His power for a Middleweight was only slightly above average anyway and he looked rather drained for those last few outings. The weight cut finally got to him once he hit 39 or 40. He looked much, much better and fresher once he stepped up to 175.

He still rocked Taylor ever now and then late in the fights.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:11 PM   #7
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Default Re: Bernard Hopkins Power?

Taylor was at his peak.

I don't think anyone has mistaken Hopkins for being a heavy power puncher. It's not a negative thing to go the distance with prime JT. It should happen.
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