Las Vegas, the 3rd of April 2010 [PDN]: In what promised to be such a spectacular event, with two legends of the sport hitting it out in a much anticipated rematch, the bout itself proved to be somewhat of a bore. Punctuated by defensive and cautious tactics, only several stoppages and a near-riot at the end of the sixth round, following a string of accidental fouls, provided any entertainment.
Hopkins, who improved his record to 51-5-1 stated; “It was kind of rough, Roy’s a veteran. He was tying me up. I was tying him up. It was a good fight.” Jones, whose record now stands at 54-7, frequently frustrated Hopkins with an overly defensive style, rarely showing enough offense to conceivably win any of the rounds.
After the fights conclusion the focus turned to the sixth round incident where Roy Jones Jr. appeared to short punch Hopkins to the back of the head. The blow caused Hopkins to drop to his knees for several minutes before he recovered. Jones was penalised for the incident in which Hopkins claims affected his vision for the remainder of the bout. At the end of the round fuelled by anger over the illegal punch Hopkins and Jones continued to exchange a flurry of punches after the bell had rung. Security teams and trainers had to separate the fighters and return them to their respective corners before the fight could proceed.
Hopkins went down a further two times in the bout, once from another rabbit punch and the other from a low blow. Hopkins produced an accidental head-butt in the eleventh round which saw a gash open up above Jone’s left eyelid.
After Saturday’s bout, Hopkins claimed that he was interested in emulating one of Jones prior accomplishments by challenging and obtaining a belt in the heavyweight division. “People will think the punch in the back of my head made me a little crazy, but I want David Haye,” referring to the British heavyweight champion who successfully defended his WBA crown against John Ruiz on the same night.
When asked on his future plans Jones was less confident in his statement, saying; “I’ll go back and talk to my coaches and my dad and if we think I still have it, we’ll keep going, and if not, we’ll call it a day,” he said.