It all started with Bernard Hopkins ring-walk.
He came out in his typical "Executioner" hood, but was accompanied by a C-list Vegas lounge singer singing "My Way" with modified lyrics that apply to Hopkins boxing career.
Things didn't get much better from there.
Although many of us wrote this fight off as "boring", with inquires of "Who cares", the atmosphere for the fight was pretty good.
There was a decent undercard that had four knockouts and one technical decision. So, by the time B-Hop and Roy got ready to get it on, I had at least a little tingles of excitement.
That was until Hopkins ridiculous ring walk which diffused any sense of anticipation.
The first five rounds were what we might expect. After a cautious first Hopkins came in, bull-rushing Jones in the second and pinning him on the ropes where he got some limited work done and on his way in landed some clean body shots.
Things came to a head in the sixth when late in the round, Jones hit Hopkins with a light rabbit punch. "The Executioner" broke out one of his old tricks and sold the foul, milking almost all of the five minutes one is allotted for recovery.
When the fight started again, Hopkins came storming out after Jones and pinned him in a corner where the two exchanged blows for the last fifteen seconds and kept fighting after the bell.
In fact, when Tony Weeks jumped in between them to break it up, they kept fighting. The small audience in the theater I was watching the fight applauded.
From then on it was a coasting to the finish with much of the same, with Hopkins rushing in and Jones tying him up. Hopkins had a few good moments, Jones had one or two good right hands.
Hopkins again employed his acting skills after accidental fouls in the eight and tenth rounds, but failed to follow the recovery period with assaults like he did in the sixth.
The eleventh and twelfth were B-Hop coasting to a wide decision.
When the scores of 117-110, 117-110 and 118-109 were announced, the audience at the Mandalay Bay booed.
I just left.
I went to this fight on a flyer, as I had no plans for tonight, and was a little disappointed.
The undercard was pretty good, leagues ahead of the usual Pay-Per-View card and with all the promoting that the announcers were doing, I got a little excited to see the fight.
Unfortunately, Hopkins reminded us why he was considered a "dull" fighter.
He faked injuries three times and didn't change his strategy even after Naseem Richardson told him what to do.
In my book, B-Hop looses a couple points for fighting the way he did.
Jones, although I was never a huge fan, earned a few more points because he took Hopkins and his over-the-top exploits in stride and responded like a proffessional, even on the occasions when Hopkins was fouling.
Overall, I'd have to say that if you didn't see it, you didn't miss anything, other than what really was a ridiculous fight that the great Dr. Seuss couldn't have scripted if he tried.
On a positive note, the undercard and Sergio Mora's comeback were wonderful and a report on those will be forthcoming.
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