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REMEMBER, King always had it out for Hopkins, so much so, he vowed to keep Hopkins from getting any TV Airtime, which he was successful for a good stretch until it was abundantly clear Hopkins wasn't going anywhere, because he kept on WINNING!
This would make it awesome for Hopkins to get this win and make it a double whammy.
Do I think that it's going to end King, no, but it won't help DK any if Cloud does lose, which I do have to say, I am a fan of Cloud, he's an entertaining fighter, tough guy, decent set of skills, and has a ton of heart. The fact of the matter is DK has taken so much for so long from easily duped individuals, it'd be nice to see him take a hit from a guy whom he tried to squeeze back in the day.
Skills wise, as long as Hopkins doesn't get old over night, is able to out slick Cloud, and not get robbed by the judges, then I see Hopkins winning the fight on craft and experience alone. not to mention his career long excellent conditioning, he is among some of the sports elite when it comes to being in shape and staying in shape.
I don't see Cloud being awkward and unpredictable like Pascal was, which plays into Hopkins strengths, lets be honest though, an old Hopkins beat Pascal twice and got credit for one, but we also saw an old Hopkins over come knockdowns.
Bottom line this is really an intriguing fight, the style match up is great, and the physical as well as the age differences set a good level of suspense for this one, heightening it's potential of being a really terrific match up.
I am picking Hopkins by UD, unless Cloud surprises everyone and does something Hopkins hasn't seen and or is able to overpower Hopkins? I don't see much he can do.... If Hopkins can't pulled the trigger, yikes though, that could be bad, guess we'll have to wait and see. peace.
Last edited by deuce_drop; 01-23-2013 at 08:09 AM.