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Yes. Hopkins was the man at 175 when Joe moved up, Joe beat Kessler (when he was undefeated), ruined Lacy as a fighter, Eubank and a past prime Jones.
But he beat a lot of other good former and future champions as well Robin Reid, Omar Sheika, Richie Woodhall, Charles Brewer, Byron Mitchell, Mario Veit and Sakio Bika.
I'd say it's comparable with Hopkins early MW reign (Hopkins toward the late middle of his MW reign has a greater depth of competition).