Roy Jones v Bernard Hopkins II 2003

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by McGrain, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    There was muttering about the rematch at this time. Here's what Ring has to say about the potential rematch:

    Hopkins was 16 defences into his hostoric middleweight reign, ligh-heavyweight champ Jones had just beaten Ruiz for the heavyweight strap...No matter when the fought, Jones' speed would make it a tough task for "The Executioner"...But Jones was never the same after [fighting at heavyweight]...Hopkins was magnificent when he finnaly moved up to light-heavy...he is the smarter, more adaptable, more technically sound fightrer...he would have upset Jones by narrow decision.

    I agree with some of the detail, but it's always hard to pick Jones over Hopkins - after all, Roy beat Bernard pretty convincingly. Do you agree with the Ring's surmise? Baring in mind we're talking about the fight taking place in 2003, as described above.
  2. Luigi1985

    Luigi1985 Cane Corso Full Member

    Feb 23, 2006
    IMO Jones Jr. would have beaten him again, but not so one-sided he did the 1st time. It wasn´t so that after his HW adventure Roy wasn´t the same, OK, he lost a bit of his skills and speed, but it would be still enough for 99 % of the fighters, I would more favour hard-hitting and variable punchers than a all-in-one fighter like Hopkins.

    Jones Jr. UD 12 Hopkins in 2003 (8-4 rounds)