On Saturday, two legendary boxers took to the ring at the twilight of their Hall of Fame careers. In Moscow, 42 year old Roy Jones Jr. fought Denis Lebedev, while in Canada the 46 year old Bernard Hopkins fought Jean Pascal. Unfortunately, for Jones’ fans the former champion suffered a devastating knockout loss; which will almost certainly be the last for the once pound-for-pound king Roy Jr., according to Fighthype.com. But for Hopkins, it was a completely different result and a new chapter to his illustrious career.
Hopkins defeated Jean Pascal via unanimous decision to capture the WBC light-heavyweight title and become the oldest fighter ever to win a major world title. The 46 year old Hopkins seemed to have defied “father time” as he looked like the younger fighter by showcasing his quickness, agility, and power in a commanding victory over Pascal. After the fight Hopkins declared that he will not retire until he’s 50 and even shared his plan for the next few fights.
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Jones (54-8) appeared to be on the run for the majority of the fight as he suffered his 3rd consecutive loss. Lebedev (22-1) rebounded after suffering the first loss of his career in December to Marco Huck in a WBO cruiserweight title fight.
Jones came into this fight the heaviest he’s ever weighed at 198 1/4 pounds. Roy seemed to be slower than usual and took a beating for most of the fight before suffering a knockout in the final seconds of what would have surely been a unanimous decision for Lebedev. By Sunday, many boxing critics and fans are demanding that Jones retire to prevent further physical injuries and damaging his once illustrious career.
While Jones and Hopkins seem to be on two different paths, they are no strangers to each other as they have faced each other twice in the ring. Hopkins defeated Jones in April 2010 in their rematch from 17 years earlier when Jones defeated Hopkins via unanimous decision in May 1993. Roy handed Bernard the second loss of his career in the 1993 middleweight contest. However, their 2010 encounter was a light heavyweight encounter of 175 pounds as Hopkins won via unanimous decision. After the fight many boxing fans and critics said that both fighters looked old, slow and should retire from boxing. However, Hopkins would go on to an impressive outing against Jean Pascal in their first fight last December and it appears the Jones has finished his in-ring career.
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