Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones Jr. Conference Call Transcript


Kelly Swanson
We are ten days away from a great, excellent rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr. This week we had two super media days with both fighters. I’m sure you saw some of the stories and photographs that were highlighted by those media days. What we’re going to do today is we’ll first start with Roy Jones and his team followed by Bernard Hopkins and his team. So at this time we are joined on the line by John Wirt, who is CEO of Square Ring Promotions, and also McGee Wright, who is the manager of Roy Jones and Roy Jones, Jr. himself.

John Wirt
Thanks, Kelly. Thanks, everybody for calling in. We have a great fight lined up on April 3rd at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It features two of the greatest icons of our sport, of our generation, Roy Jones, Jr and Bernard Hopkins. It’s the long 17 years in the making rematch. We’re looking for some real big fireworks on April 3rd.

It’s going to be live on Pay-per-view and it’s sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T and Southwest Airlines. The tickets are selling fast and are priced at $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100. They can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations or by going to www.ticketmaster.com or www.mandalay.com. The pay-per-view telecast is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, 6 p.m. Pacific. The suggested retail price is $49.95. Something interesting here that we’re doing is that the main event will begin immediately following the college basketball semi-finals.

We have a great undercard that we’ve lined up as part of the Pay-per-view telecast. Some of the fights are Jason Litzau versus Rocky Juarez, Ismayl Sillakh versus Daniel Judah. And we have the return of former world champion Sergio Mora against Calvin Green. We’ll be putting out a press release immediately following the call with all the details of the undercard. And so right now, I’d like to turn it over to McGee Wright, the manager of Roy Jones, who will say a few words and introduce Roy.

McGee Wright
Thank you, John. I’m glad to have you guys on today and everybody participating. The biggest thing that I could say about the whole thing, the whole fight is, this is an event that boxing enthusiasts and fans to me are excited to see it because this is going to be one fight that you’re going to see two master technicians as good as they get and you’re going to see every and cat and mouse game. You’re going to see speed. You’re going to see power; it’s going to be slick, evasive. You’re going to see stuff that these kids can’t do now. Just like they keep saying it’s a throw-back fight, it’s a throw-back fight. This is an interesting fight because number one, they are rivals and they hate each other, but they have the tools and the mechanics to put on a show like no other. Now I’m going to turn it over to Roy Jones, Jr.

Roy Jones, Jr.
Good afternoon, everybody. I’m glad you all could make it here. I don’t have a whole lot to say and a whole lot to do. So if you have questions that you want to ask, I’ll do my best to answer your questions. Other than that, I’ll see you April 3rd.

Question (Q):
Roy, why do you think people are going to lay down their hard earned money to watch you guys fight 17 years after the first one?

R. Jones, Jr.
Because we’ve laid down our hard earned lives to put on two stellar careers over that 17 year period. So why not lay down your hard earned money to watch two guys who put their hard earned lives on the line to entertain you people for 17, 18 years.

Q:
So you think people-

R. Jones, Jr.
They understand who we are. They know who we are. They’ve watch us for years. We’ve entertained them for years, so why not give back to us and let us go at it one more time for the ages? They know one thing for sure; they’re going to get what they pay for.

Q:
So you’re definitely coming to fight. Do you feel like at this point you’re tarnishing your reputation? You obviously have a reputation as being a great fighter. But you’re coming off of a first round knock-out. Do you feel like you’re tarnishing your reputation by continuing to fight at your age right now?

R. Jones, Jr.
First of all, the knock-out was not really a knock-out. It got stopped when he got hit at the back of his head with a punch and I got up and the referee stopped the fight premature. That’s not considered a knock-out to me. Although on paper that’s a knock-out, true, but to me that’s not a true knock-out, so I’m not concerned about that. Second of all, like I said, right now ain’t nobody can still do as good as I can, so why should I not be doing it?

Q:
This is what I want to ask you. Roy Jones Jr. aka, the Terminator, what are your plans to execute the Executioner on April 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada.

R. Jones, Jr.:
I’ll simply out-execute him. He is the Executioner. He is one slick guy. He’s smart, but I was smarter and slicker than him 17 years ago and I’m still smarter and slicker than him now.

Q:
And also due to the fact it took you guys 17 years to put this fight together, what most do you plan to achieve if you should prevail on April 3rd?

R. Jones, Jr.
I want to show him that he still can’t beat me. He just has something to say, he hates me now because he wasn’t better than me then. He can keep on hating me for another 17 years.

Q:
It seems to me that just in general that as athletes are getting older, guys are able to compete in their mid and late 30s and into their 40s. What’s your feeling about that? I’m sure you’ve thought about that. Why do you think that’s the case?

R. Jones, Jr.
I guess some guys are probably taking better care of themselves throughout their careers because like you said back in the day, a 40-year-old quarterback would be unheard of. Now a 40-year-old champion is definitely heard of. George Foreman did it. Why can’t we? And the other thing is, though, that the skill level in boxing is not the same as it used to be. Back when I was coming up, guys were so skillful; a guy 40 wouldn’t be able to stay in the ring with a young guy with less skill for less quick and fresh as he was. Nowadays these guys are fresh, but not that skillful. A perfect example is Jermaine Taylor. He’s always been able to hold his own and like Jeff Lacy. I was still able to beat him and he’s 32 years old. So it shows you the skill level is not the same in these young guys as it used to be.

Q:
So the older guys are able to compete on a high level longer because the pool of talent just isn’t there.

R. Jones, Jr.
Exactly, look at the quarterback situation now in the NFL. How many teams out there that have pretty much have young guys, but you only really have Brett Favre who’s not young guy, because of the skill level. The skill level is just not the same nowadays. They’re spending more time doing other things, playing games, playing video games and doing things that are not really enhancing our skills the way we used to when we came up. When we came up, we were younger, we spent more time doing things that enhanced our skills. Nowadays there’s so much to do that you don’t get that much time to work on your skills. There are some good guys coming up, but the reason for lack of talent because not many of them out there like there used to be. Back when I was young, an amateur, I know a guy last time that won a medal for us, he only got a bronze medal, was a guy from Alabama, which was a heavyweight. When I was coming up in boxing, you wasn’t going to make no Olympics unless your name was George Forman in the one year of boxing, this kid only had been boxing for a year. You couldn’t even go into the national Golden Glove if you had only been boxing but a year unless your name was George Foreman. I can’t think of many people in my time that came up and won a national tournament of any kind if they’d only been boxing a year. It just didn’t happen. But the talent now is not the same, I think, so things like that do happen.

Q:
Roy, I wanted to get your recollections, if you could, think back 17 years ago and just give me your perspective on the way that the first fight went. I’ve seen it and you won the fight obviously handily. I think you had an injured hand in there. Could you just go in and tell me your remembrance of that match, which was your first world championship.

R. Jones, Jr.:
I think he was more of a younger fighter. He was a guy who was out there just trying to win. He was trying to win by any means necessary. If he couldn’t out box you, he’d try to out-fight you. He tried all of that and none of it worked. So that was my recollection of the fight. He just couldn’t get away from my jab and none of the tricks that he tried would work. This time he’s going to be a little different because this time he’ll play a little bit of a different game. He’s a little smarter. He’s not the risk taker he used to be. He won’t lay it all on the line. He tries to take his chances and take his shots when he gets the opportunity to. So now he’s more of an opportunist than he was back then.

Q:
Did you think that that first fight was easy for you? I think I remember the scores were pretty clear; it was an 8-4 type of fight.

R. Jones, Jr.:
Very easy. I told a friend before the fight, I’ll win the first six rounds with a jab and then I’ll beat him every other round and that would be it because I only had one hand, so I couldn’t do a whole lot. People were a little disappointed I didn’t knock him out, but I couldn’t. I only had one hand.

Q:
What was your hand problem at that time?

R. Jones, Jr.
My right hand was pretty much fractured. But this time I don’t have that problem. This time there could be a knockout.

Q:
Now this is a fight that’s been talked about. As long as I’ve been covering boxing, this is the rematch that’s been discussed between you and Bernard, with the people at HBO, with different boxing fans, the writers, you name it. Everybody has talked about it. Do you have any regret that it’s taking place perhaps a little bit beyond when it would have been at its most popular?

R. Jones, Jr.
No, let me tell you why I don’t have regrets. You know why I don’t have no regrets? First of all, I beat him the first time. So I wasn’t the one that needed to make the sacrifices to make the fight happen again. I’m not seeking revenge. I already beat him one time. So when the time came, the opportunities came when it was in my favor, that’s when I was like “No, I’m only going to fight him at 60/40.” I’ve fought him before but I beat him one time. Why would I take a 50/50 when I’ve beat him one time? That isn’t fair to me, is it? No, it wasn’t fair to me.

Then it when we became almost about even, I said okay, we’ll fight. Let’s do 50/50 or we can do 60 to win and 40 to lose. They didn’t want a part of that, so he always, “Okay, I’m going to fight Roy,” and then he fight this other fight. “Okay, I’m going to fight Roy” and then he’d go find another one. And then he said, “I’m going to fight Roy” and then he’d go fight somebody else and he did this three times. As matter of fact, one time he fought Winky Wright, one time he fought Joe Calzaghe, the next time he fought Antonio Tarver. So all those fights before those fights, the first the first name he’d call out was me to get you guys interested. Once you guys got interested, he decided to fight one of those three fighters. And I know for a fact, HBO had also pretty much doubled to fight me than they were going to pay to fight Tarver. He turned it down and fought Tarver.

So I can’t regret that man not wanting to get in the ring with me until my career is over. The only reason he’s fighting me now is because he feels like I’m done. He feels like I’m washed up. He feels like I’m old goods. He feels like there’s no way I can survive 12 rounds with him now, but he’s wrong. But that’s the only reason he came to fight now. So I couldn’t make him get in front of me. He was being afraid of me. I’m his worst nightmare and that’s just what it is.

Q:
Now whatever happens in the fight, a big win for Roy Jones, a loss, whatever goes down-

R. Jones, Jr.
It’s going to be a win for Roy Jones.

Q:
Fair enough, but even if it is a win, you’ve had such an illustrious career. You’ve done everything that you could do, a heavyweight title, middleweight title, all those divisions in between, been on the pound-for-pound list for ten years as number one guy. Is this the way to end your career because I’m not sure where would you go afterwards even if you did beat him?

R. Jones, Jr.
I don’t know. It could be a way to end my career. I’m going to see. If I beat him through it, beat him in the past. I want to beat this time and if it turns out well, maybe, who knows?

Q:
I know you think you’re going to win the fight, but would a loss be the same situation?

R. Jones, Jr.
I don’t know. I don’t know. I haven’t thought about a loss yet, so I don’t know yet.

Q:
Do you have any credence or concern whatsoever to those out there that believe that you’re putting yourself in danger by continuing to fight after the way you’ve had some losses go down the last couple of years?

R. Jones, Jr.
Yes, I do. I take my hat off to you and I thank them for being concerned about me for putting my life on the line. So when you get to know somebody and for putting their life on the line, it’s hard for you to tell them when to stop. Because I can have that gung ho-ness about me that maybe put my life on the line but then the world would have never known me. So how can they tell me okay, it’s time to stop so you don’t get hurt. If I knew that I could get hurt, I’ll never get to be who I am.

Q:
I want to get this straight. It’s your contention that right hand that Danny Green hit you with was an illegal blow.

R. Jones, Jr.
Not that it was an illegal blow. His hand wraps were illegal. Okay, if you hit a man and make contact on that hand behind the head, whatever, it’s hard, but it’s boxing, so you are at a fight. I wouldn’t call it an illegal blow. I call it an illegal wrap on the hand. I didn’t ask for a win. I said it should be declared no contest because he cheated. If you cheat, then you can’t take the win. I didn’t beat him, so I didn’t ask for the win, but it should at least be declared no contest.

Some people ask me, that they had heard that I wanted the win. No, I didn’t want to win. I wanted a no contest. I want a win if I beat him.

Q:
Because it looked the shot actually could have been behind the head. It’s hard to tell from the angle, so I thought that was an element, too.

R. Jones, Jr.
Yes, but you see, my main thing is the wrap. If he’s going to wrap with a cast, then he ends up with a cast, too. So I let him to put a cast on and don’t allow me to use one, so at least I know what we did over here.

Q:
Roy Jones fans are, I think, concerned. I get a lot of comments into The Sweet Science and saying we want to make sure that Roy is okay. You’ve been stopped a couple of times since 2004. Is it possible that your ability to take a punch has been compromised? Do you worry about that or are we just seeing things?

R. Jones, Jr.
No, that’s very possible, you know what I mean? It is boxing, so that is very possible. And if that’s the case, then I know after this one that if Bernard Hopkins can hurt me, cause Bernard Hopkins is not that big of a punch. If he can hurt me then after this one maybe it’s time to hang it up.

Q:
Okay, so Bernard Hopkins is not that big of a puncher and if he can hurt you, it is time to hang it up.

R. Jones, Jr.
Right, Bernard is not a very big puncher, if he can hurt me it’s time to hang it up.

Q:
To hang it up.

R. Jones, Jr.
Yes.

Q:
Okay, now you said the last thing, I don’t want to monopolize here, did I read it right and correctly that you’re saying that you want to stop him, you are promising to stop him?

R. Jones, Jr.
I’m going to stop him.

Q:
He’s never been stopped.

R. Jones, Jr.
I won’t give you my secrets, but I guarantee I’ll stop him, you watch.

Q:
Guarantees to stop him.

R. Jones, Jr.
I’m guaranteed to stop him.

Q:
I just wanted to ask you, you talked about that you’re appreciative of fans being concerned about you fighting at this point of your career. Coach Merk had mentioned on our last conference that he was concerned about your fighting, your trainer, at this point of your career. How do you feel about Merk being concerned and do you share that concern, of possibly you being injured at this time?

R. Jones, Jr.
Here’s how I feel about it. At the last fight I asked him, “Do you think we should call it or do you think we should keep going?” And he said, “The way the hand wraps were, the way training camp was, I think you should keep going. You still got it. I don’t see a problem with you right now. You have to tighten a few things, but you should continue to go.” So I asked him first directly after the Danny Green fight, even though it was a bad situation, I still asked him right then, “How do you feel about me continuing on, do you think I should call it a day?” Because he is one who would know. And if he said, I would probably call it a day. But I asked him right then, “Should we call it a day?” and he said, “No.” So if he told you that we should call it day, then he told me different.

Q:
Okay. Now just one other question, you say in your media notes from Pensacola, that Bernard wanted to wait until you were done. You didn’t have anywhere else to go and now he thinks he’ll get his revenge and ride out into the sunset. But after 17 years and after you’ve had 60 professional fights and you won the fight against him and you have beaten him, why even give him the opportunity?

R. Jones, Jr.
I guess it’s just the kind of guy I am. I was like give me the opportunity and I guess it’s just the person I am because you’re right. You could play dirty and say, “I’m not giving you a chance to win.” You’re right. But in my heart what kind of guy would I be then? Would I be able to sleep at night? You know I wouldn’t, that’s just not my personality. So I’m sorry and I would love to take the coward way out and say, “You know what, why should I give him the opportunity, he doesn’t like me, I don’t like him. I’m not going to give him the opportunity to that.” I should say that, but that would be real dirty and low down, but I’m not that kind of dude, so I’m sorry.

Q:
I’ve heard that Bernard Hopkins saying that for him, the fight is personal. How do you feel about this fight? Is it just going back to business or are you having any animosities?

R. Jones, Jr.
It don’t change anything for me. My fight is between me and my fans. I don’t have anything to do with him. He’s just a participant. He’s what we use, for me and my fans to connect and like have a great time.

Q:
You made a quote yesterday; I believe it was yesterday that Bernard is a shark, catfish. I guess you were leaning toward the fact that he takes advantage of maybe finished fighters. Do you really feel as though he’s looking at this particular fight with you as a tune-up or walk-over?

R. Jones, Jr.
Yes, most definitely, that’s how you should take it. If it wasn’t that, he wouldn’t be here, trust me. Don’t get me wrong. He’ll come the best he can because he learned when he catch you down, he wants to bring the sledgehammer. He isn’t playing with you. If he touches you like that, he trying to take full advantage, so he’s going to be ready, but, yes, he thinks of it as a tune-up.

Q:
I had the pleasure of attending that first fight in Washington DC at RFK Stadium in ’93. Now he started the fight rather slow. You did take advantage of the earlier rounds. Do you see yourself doing the same things in this fight?

R. Jones, Jr.
I don’t know. He may come out and fight this time, I don’t know. It all depends on what happens. I just want him to show up this time. He may come and decide he want to go for the gusto because he thinks I’m done and he may be afraid of me like he was then. You know, let’s see what I can do. So either way it won’t turn out good for him, but that what it will depend on how I take care of him.

Q:
My last question is now you fought at middleweight then for the middleweight title. You’re fighting at a heavier weight this time. Do you see him having an advantage?

R. Jones, Jr.
No, I went to light-heavyweight first so if anything I think have the advantage.

Q:
One of my questions is will you knock Bernard Hopkins out? Do you have a prediction?

R. Jones, Jr.
Most definitely, he’s going to see what I’ve got.

Q:
He’s going to sleep?

R. Jones, Jr.
Yes.

Q:
Do you want to do Ali, do you have a prediction on what round?

R. Jones, Jr.
I don’t do that type of stuff by I will guarantee he’s going to sleep.

Q
He’s going to sleep. Okay, so you’re guaranteeing a win.

R. Jones, Jr.
He’s going to sleep by knock-out.

Q:
Another question, Roy, where do you rank yourself right now in boxing history amongst the greats?

R. Jones, Jr.
I don’t rate myself. I don’t take time to do that. How do I rate myself as far as how I look as an American, or a male walking among the general population? I can’t do that.

Q:
Okay, so you don’t believe Bernard Hopkins has any opportunity to beat you.

R. Jones, Jr.
He has opportunity, anybody has the opportunity, but he won’t be having it come April 3rd.

Q:
Some fighters just more so than other fighters, they just know I can beat that guy. Maybe that guy over there who may not be as good as me can give me trouble, but he can’t beat me. Do you look at Bernard Hopkins that way, that even though you’re not at the top of your game, you guys could fight when you’re 60 and he still can’t touch you?

R. Jones, Jr.
You’re exactly right.

Q:
No way, his game, he just doesn’t match up with you. He can’t get into your head and there’s nothing he can do.

R. Jones, Jr.
There isn’t anything he can do to win; it’s as simple as that.

Q:
You’re more sure of having his number than you would be if you fought Glen Johnson or Tarver again.

R. Jones, Jr.
Most definitely.

Q:
How do you expect him to fight you, Roy, because your style gives him trouble. He has to come out of his role to beat you. What do you expect?

R. Jones, Jr.
I don’t know, I don’t really care. I’m ready for whatever he brings. If he wants to fight, we’re going to fight. If he wants to box, we can box. It doesn’t really matter to me. However he wants to do it, I can do everything, that’s one thing for sure.

Q:
But do you think he’s leaning more this way, he’s going to try to maybe jump on you maybe—

R. Jones, Jr.
He’ll probably jump on me right away, yes.

K. Swanson
I think that was our last question. So, Roy, do you have any final comments?

R. Jones, Jr.
Thank you, guys, for coming aboard and we look to seeing you out at Vegas.

K. Swanson
Okay, great, thanks so much, Roy Jones, and now everybody please stand by and we will be joined by Bernard Hopkins and Mr. De La Hoya. So stand by, operator.

Oscar de la Hoya
Hello, Bernard, how are you doing?

B. Hopkins
Hello, I’m doing good, Oscar, Kelly.

K. Swanson
Okay, great, we’re already in the process of the call. So we’re going to go ahead and get started and I’m going to turn this over to Oscar de la Hoya at this time to make the introduction for Mr. Hopkins.

Oscar de la Hoya:
Thank you very much, Kelly, and thank you, all the media for being on the call. “Rivals” is going to be a very interesting because not only do you have two great fighters who are once again facing each other, but this rematch has been in the making for many years. Each fighter has gone their way. Each fighter cemented their legacy. But on the other hand, you have one fighter in Bernard Hopkins who has been stepping up to the plate and really making history as time goes by. And it doesn’t seem like he’s getting any older. He’s getting younger. He has on the way of making history. He’s beaten the likes of Antonio Tarver. He’s made history by beating Felix Trinidad. And when you talk about Bernard Hopkins, you talk about a living legend.

So April 3rd, it’s nothing but respect towards both fighters because of what they’ve accomplished and what they are still able to accomplish. And so the fact that these two fighters are facing each other really shows a great deal of admiration they have for the sport and for the fans. This is truly one of those rivalries that you just don’t want to miss. I know that style makes fights and from watching the first fight taking place, it was a very competitive fight.

Obviously Roy Jones, Jr. came out with a victory. He was the more seasoned, experienced fighter, but now you have Bernard Hopkins, who has also gained the respect from everyone because of his dominating performances. But also, he’s gained the experience to match or even surpass Roy Jones Jr. in skill and talent alone. So it is my pleasure and honor to be introducing a living legend. He is one of the best middleweights that we’ve ever seen in the sport of boxing. He carries a record of 50 and 5 with 32 knock-outs. He is trained by one of the best or if not the best trainer in the world, Nazim Richardson. That is Bernard Hopkins.

Q:
Why do you think it took so long to get this rematch?

B. Hopkins
A lot of reasons. It’s over 15 years and things happen, just like in most negotiations, some fights go through, some fights don’t. At the end of the day, it’s a combination of a lot of things. But sometimes it’s the one fighter don’t want to really fight the next fighter where he can fight anybody else and make the same money or more and not take a risk. We all know that exists in boxing and unfortunately, but you can call it good management. You can call it good promotion. You can call it whatever, but I’m always willing and able to fight anybody. I don’t think anybody can charge or accuse me of ducking anybody in boxing. You can, anything you want to say about Bernard Hopkins, but I don’t think my worse enemy can say that Bernard Hopkins was afraid to fight anybody. I really believe that.

Q:
Do you think that people still care about this rematch? Obviously, you have continued to be a great fighter. You’re 45 years old now and you’re still fighting like you were a lot younger. But you have two guys over 40 fighting; do you think people do care at this point?

B. Hopkins
I think people care. I think people care just like if Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan was playing a one on one and you’re a basketball fan, you’re going to show up. One thing, age cannot compete with accomplishments and names and with those individuals or us have done in the boxing game. When you have a situation where you don’t see this often, I think you will agree, I hope that you look to agree that this doesn’t happen all the time on a respectful level. The word respect is very important in this fight. This is not on some clown reality show where you have two wrestlers, two boxers, two old entertainers, two old singers squared off in some reality show. This is the real deal. This is the real deal and I’m pretty sure you’re going to be watching, too.

Q:
One last question there, Bernard, you’ve only fought what once in the last year and a half or so. Do you feel like you can shake out the ring rust and be in top shape for this fight?

B. Hopkins
Yes, because I’m a veteran and I’ve been doing this thing as a professional for over 18 years. And if I’m not mistaken, I was off eight or nine months before I beat up Kelly Pavlik who’s the Great White Hope 17 years younger than me. And I so I don’t have anything to do with the guy that’s experienced to understand the name of the game and you know the way I live. The book is already written on me. Everybody knows Bernard Hopkins. I always come in shape. I walk around 10, 15 pounds over at most in between fights. I’m a rare breed, man. I answer the call when the call is called and you’ll see a great performance come April 3rd.

Q:
Obviously, you’ve been able to compete at the highest level a lot longer and a lot better than Roy has. Why do you think that’s the case? Why do you think he’s declined where you maintained really high level of competiveness.

B. Hopkins
I think a lot of it has to do with my having to rely on fundamentals from the beginning. One thing about boxing, boxing is one of those sports where starting off, a guy might look like he isn’t going to last long in the game. I remember a friend of mine named David Reed who came out of the Olympics with a gold medal. He came and went. Jermaine Taylor, the recent bronze medal winner of the Olympic came and went. You deal with the individual. You have to deal with the individual. You have some average, you have some that’s good and you have some that’s special. The ones that stand out as the special ones are in our history books that we all talk about, whether it’s baseball, football, hockey, boxing. That’s why we talk about legends as Oscar de la Hoya mentioned, living legends, legends who aren’t here anymore. They will never be missed. They will never be unspoken when we talk about different sports.

When I leave the game, I wish and hope and I know that I’m doing all I can to have that same conversation talking about Bernard Hopkins 10, 15, 20 years from now. So it’s about the person. It’s all about the person’s style, lifestyle, the way he takes care of himself and last but not least, genetics. Genetics plays a lot in people’s lives, just the way they age quicker than others.

Q:
I was going to mention the styles. I always thought that Roy relied almost too much on his speed and his athleticism and once that started to go, maybe he started to go. And in your case, you developed such great skills, that you didn’t rely as much as just your natural gifts. You relied more on your brain. Does that make sense?

B. Hopkins
Yes, that makes a lot of sense and to add on to that is that I think that in this era, I think I’m one of the greatest technician fighters, a technic fighter that boxing ever produced.

Now some people think that’s a boring way to fight, but that’s what boxing is all about, longevity, executing your opponent.
Q:
We were just on the phone with Roy before you came on to do your portion of this call. I asked him for his recollections of the first bout, which obviously we know he won. It was your first championship fight, his first championship fight. I’ve never heard you dispute the decision, but I’d like if you could just give me your recollections of why that fight went the way it did and what you think about the way that that fight went and if is has any bearing whatsoever on what may take place next Saturday.

B. Hopkins

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