Hopkins vs. Jones Jr.

Two of boxing’s all-time greats will collide in the ring on Saturday, April 3 when Roy Jones Jr. faces off with Bernard Hopkins.

This fight is a rematch of a 1993 bout where Jones defeated Hopkins by unanimous decision to capture the vacant IBF Middlweight Title. All three scorecards for the fight were set at 116-112 in favor of Jones.

The rematch will occur at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with no titles on the line and be contested at light heavyweight with both men over 40-years old.

Bet Jones Jr. vs. Hopkins

Hopkins is the favorite heading into the rematch with a betting line of -500 while Jones Jr. has a line of +350 according to online sports book BroburySports.com. The fight card begins at 9PM ET on Pay-Per-View. Here is a closer look at both boxers and their odds heading into this fight.

Bernard Hopkins (50-5-2, 32 KO’s)

Strengths: Hopkins has a world of accomplishments to his credit and at one point was largely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He has tremendous endurance and has never been knocked out in a fight, with all five career losses coming by decision. Despite his increasing age, Hopkins has still managed to stay sharp and prominent in the boxing world.

Weaknesses: Like any aging fighter speed and power has started to decrease for Hopkins. He has not scored a knockout win since defeated Oscar De La Hoya in September of 2004. While he is still getting wins, he isn’t getting them convincingly. But, with motivation to avenge a prior loss and knowing it could one of his last big payday fights, Hopkins may have an all-or-nothing attitude in this fight.

Last Five Fights:

Unanimous decision win over Enrique Ornelas on Dec. 2, 2009

Unanimous decision win over Kelly Pavlik on Oct. 18, 2008

Split decision loss to Joe Calzaghe on April 19, 2008

Unanimous decision win over Ronald Wright on July 21, 2007

Unanimous decision win over Antonio Tarver on June 10, 2006

   

Roy Jones Jr. (54-6, 40 KO’s)

Strengths: The way many talk about Manny Pacquiao today was the way many though of Roy Jones Jr. in the early part of the 21st century. Jones at one time defeated heavyweight champion, John Ruiz by simply out-striking him with his quickness. Jones had the fastest hands in boxing and seemed to be untouchable, but a second round KO loss to Antonio Tarver got the wheels in motion to begin the decline in his career. Still, Jones has shown he has power in his hands, earning two TKO wins in his last three fights.

Weaknesses: Since the KO loss to Tarver, Jones has been knocked out two other times, including a first round KO in his last fight against Danny Green. Jones has a suspect chin and he has not beaten a top tier fighter wince defeating Felix Trinidad in early 2008. Jones could have more speed than Hopkins in this fight, but he doesn’t have the better chin.

Last Five Fights:

First Round TKO loss to Danny Green on Dec. 2, 2009

10th Round TKO win over Jeff Lacy on Aug. 15, 2009

Fifth round TKO win over Omar Sheika on March 21, 2009

Unanimous decision loss to Joe Calzaghe on Nov. 8, 2008

Unanimous decision win over Felix Trinidad on Jan. 19, 2008


Who will win:
Hopkins has the edge if this fight doesn’t go the distance, but if it does, Jones Jr. can pull off another win. Jones will have to push the pace and be in better shape than Hopkins in order to win, which I don’t think will be the case. Look for Hopkins to finish off a worn out Jones in the later rounds.

Additional Lines: Total Rounds of the Fight: Over/Under 11.5

Bet Jones Jr. vs. Hopkins

Posted: 3/24/10 7:25PM ET

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