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By Keith Terceira

One great thing about boxing when you reach a certain level of fanaticism is trying to figure the wrangling that is going on behind the scenes. Lord knows, there are times when we hit slow periods in this sport, that it is more fun untangling the threads of what may happen versus what is actually going on inside the ring. Boxing fans for the last month or so have seen some exciting fights and some truly great upsets.

Tonight’s results between Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1 38ko’s) and Winky Wright (51-3-4, 25ko’s) may just resurrect the rematch between Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38ko‘s).

With both Hopkins and Jones campaigning at light heavy, collecting minor and some obscure belts this rematch looks to be the most profitable bout in the division.

The WBO craves a rematch between Bernard and Roy so much that already they have them ranked #1 and #2 . Seems the writing is on the table for a mandatory title eliminator bout with the winner to face champion Zsolt Erdei (27-0 17ko’s). For the box office numbers though the real money maker is between the two old warhorses. Zsolt has left Europe and fought here in the States only once in 2002 when he was 10-0 to face journeyman Darren Whitley in Jersey. Other than that he stays mainly in Germany. Of course German fight fans flock to the arenas for their champions so a title fight there is worth big money for everyone.

2005 was the closest we got to a rematch but both fighters careers began to derail that year with Hopkins losing his middleweight titles to Jermain Taylor and Roy Jones Jr failing to take the last of the Tarver trilogy. Roy had started his slide in 2004 with losses to Tarver and Glen Johnson. Negotiations continually broke down and frankly people began believing both were shot fighters and what was worse for Roy Jones Jr. some of his fans felt he had been exposed as having had a hand picked career.

At this moment the light heavyweight division lacks a truly marketable match-up, that’s not to say it lacks good fights, but it does lack fights that would fill anything larger than rodeo arena. For Murad Muhammad , Jones -Hopkins II will sell more PPV buys than Holyfield-Oquendo, guaranteed.

WBC Champion “Bad” Chad Dawson draws some interest in the states but getting IBF Champ Clinton Woods out of England or Erdei out of Germany may prove difficult. The last time Woods left his home turf he faced Roy Jones at the Rose Garden in Portland Oregon and was stopped in the 6th Round by RJJ. A Jones - Woods rematch faces issues with drawing power even amongst the most die hard fans leaving the casual fans more interested in the NHL draft.

Whatever the outcome of Jones - Hopkins II it will suddenly propel a title fight with Erdei into the limelight with people interested if to see if the aged ex champion can reclaim a world title, and restore his legacy , an age old recipe in boxing.

Of course the only thing standing in the way of this scenario is a smooth tactician named Ronald “Winky” Wright.

If Wright wins tonight everyone goes back to the drawing board in my opinion because the interest for Wright/ Jones won’t be as profitable.

Originally I had predicted a snoozer this evening with counter puncher facing counter puncher and Winky taking the UD, but after further review there is just to much money at stake all around for Bernard to lose. I think he knows that a loss to Winky spells the end and father time would prevent another run at it. That is unless the WBO ignores a Wright win, funnier things have happened in the world of sanctioning bodies.

I have to feel now that Bernard Hopkins will leave it all in the ring tonight with no room for countering and posturing , so I’m going to switch my pick (flip/flop ala John Kerry) and take Hopkins by TKO in the 11th in a war that may make the fight of the year or a decision that might make us cringe.

Well , one can only pray for the first one!
 

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I hope the writer of that article never got paid. Absolute nonsense.
Woods was scheduled to fight on the Hatton-Castillo undercard so he is prepared to leave England.

As for Hopkins vs Jones - who cares Roy is shot.
They fought back in the day and Roy schooled Borenard. If they fight now it means zilch.
 

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this would be good for boxing...besides Mayweather and Hatton theres really nothing else going on that Im interested in besides tonights Wright-Hopkins fight and if Hopkins wins Id be interested in Jones-Hopkins 2. Hope to see it.
 

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I started a thread couple days ago about this, if jones will be bick in main fights that mean something, and I thought this fought might happen. Not alot of people gave me credit for that, not to mention any names...but nothing is set in stone yet so I dotn want to get my hopes up. I think jones vs hopkins 2 does mean something, it would be very good for boxing. I think these boxing belts are overrated and I would rather watch a good non-title fight rather than a boring title fight. Who cares if there is no title at stake, it means something for the boxing fans!
 
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