Bernard Hopkins clearly remembers the night that happened on May 22, 1993. It was a tactical matchup with Roy Jones Jr. and his first chance at a world title for the vacant IBF middleweight belt. He lost to Jones in a unanimous decision and ever since that day he was calling for a rematch and after 17 years later he got what he wanted and will fight Roy Jones Jr. to settle the score once and for all. The only problem is that Hopkins is already 45 years old and his counterpart 41. They both past their primes but both are still capable of hurting each other. It’s like watching Larry Bird and Magic Johnson playing against each other for the nth time.
Both fighters are pointing fingers at each other on why this match took them 17 years before it will actually happen. This was one of the most anticipated matchup in boxing history everybody wants to see them fight but as years go by the hype and the anticipation all died down. I would rather see both of them retire because there isn’t an element of surprise and anticipation for this bout. Golden Boy promotions should have made this fight years ago considering both fighters are part of the company.
Bernard Hopkins won two fights in a row including the young and undefeated Kelly Pavlik while Jones lost a humiliating round 1 TKO on the hands of Danny Green. So its either Hopkins took this fight because Jones is going on a downhill ahead of him or maybe Jones took this fight because after his humiliating loss he just ran out of excuses and had no choice but to fight Hopkins. They say if you want something you will do everything to make it happen but if you don’t you make all the excuses.
I’ll still watch this fight this Saturday because it gives me a little intrigue as much as i love both guys but i just think it’s a case of too little too late.