Modern Day Legends Hopkins And Jones In Action On Wednesday, But Will They
by James Slater - Fighting this coming Wednesday, many miles apart, are
modern day boxing legends Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Junior. Hopkins, 44
going on 45, fights in his hometown of Philadelphia against Mexican Enrique
Ornelas, while 40-year-old Jones takes what is arguably the tougher fight of
the two, when he goes up against Australian hard man Danny Green "down
Both all-time greats have plenty of big plans for the future - with Hopkins
even talking about a possible assault on the heavyweight division after he's
avenged his loss to Jones in the planned March 2010 return clash - but these
plans will be derailed if Green and Ornelas can cause the upset..
The Jones-Green fight is the most interesting, and though Jones is almost as
big a favourite to win as is Hopkins over Orenals, a Green win cannot be
discounted. Fiercely determined to win over his one-time idol (Green used to
have pictures of Jones on his wall, such a fan was he back in the 1990s),
"The Green Machine" has made it clear he is nobody's tune-up. The younger
man at age 36 has also made it clear he has been annoyed by some of Jones'
comments. Make no mistake, this is a real fight.
Jones, still fast and sprightly even at age 40, should be able to outbox
Green, probably for long periods, but up at cruiserweight there is a chance
he could be out-muscled by the physically stronger IBO 200-pound champion.
But that's only if Green can turn it into his type of fight, and that's a
pretty big if. But Jones is way beyond his invincible, "Superman" days
today, and he can be caught, hurt and even knocked out. A Green win would be
some upset, but with 24 KO's to his name from 27 wins (three losses, all on
points), Green definitely has a puncher's chance.
I go for Jones to win on points, but he may have to get through the odd
rough patch along the way. A Jones stoppage win would be most impressive,
considering how tough the Australian warrior is.
As for Hopkins-Ornelas, this fight, with all due respect to the Mexican, is
nothing much more than a tune-up for "The Executioner." The 29-year-old, at
29-5(19) is no puncher but what he is is durable - having been stopped just
once, over five years ago. With Hopkins, often a cautious fighter anyway,
knowing he has so much on the line by way of lucrative future fights, it's
possible he will take no chances such as trying to get the stoppage on
Wednesday. Also, having been out of action since his stunning points win
over Kelly Pavlik last October, "B-Hop" may feel the need to get some rounds
It all adds up to a points win for Hopkins, in my opinion. It will be no
great shock if the bout is dull, however. Then, if Jones has done his job as
well, the hype will start for the rematch of a fight that took place way,
way back in the summer of 1993!
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