I watched this entire fight after staying up way too late to watch the Memphis Grizzlies trick off another game versus the Los Angeles Clippers. It's the wondrous ways of Youtube; it's amazing that these gems can be found at a moment's notice. I was having an argument with folks in the barbershop about the greatness of Roy Jones Jr., and these young whippersnappers said that Roy wasn't a top ten all-time fighter.
I about lost my mind. So I loaded up the clip of Jones vs. Bernard Hopkins in 1993, and figured I'd share with the people. Just a couple of things to share while watching this hour-long clip that I don't expect anyone to watch.
1. Jim Lampley looks scarily young.
2. Larry Merchant looks scarily the same.
3. I have no idea who Gil Clancy is.
4. Bernard Hopkins' "Executioner" outfit is ten times more awesome almost 20 years later.
5. Roy Jones was even better than I remembered.
6. Watching Bernard Hopkins fight with such pace is borderline mind-blowing.
7. Roy Jones was definitively ahead of his time.
8. This was the undercard for the Riddick Bowe fight vs. Jesse Ferguson
I have more I could say, but I'd be interested to hearing the people's thoughts on this one. Is Roy Jones a top ten all-time fighter? Let us know as you go over your pertinent reading material this Tuesday.
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Eddie Maisonet is the founder and editor emeritus of The Sports Fan Journal. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for ESPN.com. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 fitteds and snapbacks, and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”