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Bernard Hopkins lost this fight but it still was an instrumental part of his career. In Roy Jones, Jr. Hopkins went to toe-to-toe with one of the most talented fighters of all time for 12 rounds.
The ultimate tactician against the phenomenal athlete, these men fought on the undercard of a Riddick Bowe heavyweight bout. Fans did not yet realize they were watching two of the greatest of all time go at it in their primes.
As great as the fight was it was also a bit of a travesty. This fight should have sparked an immediate rematch, but instead the two did not square up again for 17 years.
Jones' incredible hand speed makes it unlikely Hopkins would have won a decision as young men, but Hopkins' chin, heart and power made him a serious threat to knock Jones out if they stepped in the ring again.
Jones probably recognized the dangers and did not want to risk his title as the undefeated pound-for-pound king. B-Hop was competitive throughout the fight and landed some hard punches but went down 116-112 on all three cards.
Hopkins avenged the loss in 2001 but Jones is excused as being past his prime, even though Hopkins is four years his elder.