Two of the sports old boys meet in Las Vegas on Sunday at a time when most men their age will be tucked up in bed.
Roy Jones Jnr and Bernard Hopkins seem to have nothing to prove but to themselves as they refuse to bow out graciously, live on Setanta Ireland from 2am.
With both men suffering defeat in their last three outings I, and many others, struggle to see the point of this match-up yet as these warriors, with a combined age of 86, go toe to toe, the money men at ringside will be rubbing their hands with glee as a packed arena looks on.
45 year old Hopkins lost a points decision to Jones Jnr way back in 1993, but seventeen years on almost everything has changed.
No one gave the Philadelphian a chance against the destructive Pavlik but he boxed like a man half his age, totally outclassing his younger opponent. Hopkins is currently ranked number one in the world at the weight and bookmakers make him a convincing 1/4 shot (Bwin) to gain revenge over his countryman.
The days of Roy Jones Jnr tearing up the boxing scene with ease are sadly long gone following a truly gruelling career fought out over a number of weights. The onetime WBA heavyweight champion travelled to Australia in his last outing only to be savagely stopped inside one round by Danny Green. The 5ft 11inch orthodox seems to have lost all trace of the lightening quick skills that saw him become one of the most successful fighters who ever lived and bookies rate him as a no hoper here, offering as big as 4/1 (Betfred).
You couldn’t help but be impressed by Hopkins recently and he certainly gave a better account of himself against Calzaghe than Jones Jnr did. There are plenty who think Roy should have hung up the gloves by now, certainly before he takes any further punishment, and although Hopkins won’t be too far behind, I think the favourite will be good enough to gain the revenge he so desperately seeks.
With the Executioner failing to record an inside the distance win since halting Oscar De La Hoya in 2004, it is obvious that he puts more of an emphasis on out-thinking opponents at this stage of his career, meaning the over 9.5 rounds market appeals at 4/7 with Skybet.
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