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Old 02-27-2010, 08:46 AM #1
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Default The young Hopkins was nothing compared to the old.

Hopkins has become better and better with time. The way he fights now is as slick as it gets, while he was much easier to nail when he was younger.

And some people still dont give Calzaghe credit...
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:07 AM #2
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if he had beaten hopkins smiliar to the way he beat roy, he would get more credit i guess.
he got knocked down in the first round, and there are many ppl who believe this fight could have gone either way.
combine that with the fact calzaghe is not the biggest celebrated fighter of all time, u have a boxer who doesnt get credit for his work.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:10 AM #3
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Young Hopkins has more power and more active. The old Bhop however, has better defensive skills. Remember when he completely outclass Glen Johnson
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:49 AM #4
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Calzaghe beat Hopkins in his own country with 3 home judges. Underrated Calzaghe win... IMO Calzaghe beat Hopkins far far clearer than Taylor ever did.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:04 AM #5
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lol.. young vs old? doesnt work like that im afraid..

hopkins peaked late ill give you that, most fighters his size peak at around 28. around the age he became world champion.

hopkins peaked at around 35, 38 at latest. so he peaked late, true. but to say he gets better with age is just ignorant. his physical assests clearly diminished as he got near and past 40, and he hasnt improved that much skillwise in the last few years to say hes acctually getting better.

44 year old hopkins beats 28 year old hopkins, but he is still atleast 6 years past his prime. the best version of hopkins is inbetween.

he wasnt at his best against calzaghe thats for sure, and even if he was the main critisism joe gets isnt that hopkins was old as much as alot of ppl think hopkins won.

it was a very controversial fight and joe left alot of doubt refusing to rematch him.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:14 AM #6
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This version of Nard beats the young one who got put on his ass by Mercado
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Hopkins physical attributes have diminished however he's grown more ring wise and mentally skilled with age.
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My point excactly. He still got speed at 45 and the fact that he is a defensive genius makes him deadlier than ever the latest couple of years.
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The reason he got hit more is cuz younger Bernard took more chances...

Prime Bernard wouldn't fake low blows and have problems keeping up with a pace...
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the old was better.. watch the johnson fight.. johnson was undefeated and got this ass destroyed.. or the echols fights.. hoipkins used to be exciting
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