Hopkins vs. Green in 2010:
Will Danny make Bernard look like an old man?
(By Chris Williams - BoxingNews24.com)
December 19, 2009
According to Fight News, a fight between 44-year-old Bernard
Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOís) and International Boxing Organization
cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25 KOís) is in negotiations
for a bout that will take place in 2010. There isnít any word as to
where the location of fight will take place, but you can bet that it
likely wonít be taking place in Australia. Hopkins made comments after
the Roy Jones Jr. fight against Green, which ended with Green stopping
Jones in the 1st round on December 2nd.
Hopkins didnít agree with the quick stoppage of the fight, and said in
effect thatís why he would never fight in Europe, confusing Australia
for Europe. However, it doesnít matter where this fight takes place.
It will be an exciting one regardless of the location of the fight.
Green, 36, isnít all that well known to U.S. fans, because the vast
majority of Greenís bouts have taken place in Australia. Only recently
did Green fight in the United States, defeating Julio Cesar Dominguez
by a 5th round stoppage in August.
Hopkins had been planning on fighting Jones next in a fight that would
have likely given both fighters a good payday. However, Green
destroyed those plans with his 1st round blitz of the 41-year-old
Jones. Hopkins briefly sounded as if he still wanted to go ahead and
fight Jones, but it appears that heís changed his mind about the
futility of that fight given Jonesí quick stoppage loss.
In his last fight, Hopkins defeated middleweight contender Enrique
Ornelas by a 12 round decision on December 2nd. It was a dull fight
with Hopkins, throwing few punches every round, clinching often but
still winning most of the rounds. Hopkins seemed to tire in the later
rounds of the fight, giving away a couple of rounds. Thatís
understandable because Hopkins hasnít fought in over a year since
beating Kelly Pavlik by a 12 round decision in October 2008. However,
Hopkins didnít just look rusty. He looked like heíd aged a little
since the Pavlik bout, and didnít look nearly as impressive against
Ornelas compared to how he looked against Pavlik.
Perhaps Hopkins could have thrown more punches if he wanted to, but
then again maybe couldnít. At his age, thereís a good chance that
Hopkins is finally starting to show signs of slowing down as a
fighter. Thatís not good news for Hopkins fans if that is indeed the
case. Green is a young 36, and is the stronger fighter. Green jabs
harder than Hopkins, has a better work rate and has bigger power in
What Green doesnít have is Hopkinsí hand speed and movement, that
wonít matter if Hopkins doesnít throw enough punches. If he tries to
punch and clinch his way to victory against Green, like he did in
Bernardís fights against Joe Calzaghe and Ornelas, then Hopkins may
find himself having problems with Greenís better strength. Green
doesnít let himself get tied up like other fighters.
Instead, Green muscles his opponents off on the inside, refusing to be
tied up. In that respect, Green reminds me a lot of Miguel Cotto, who
doesnít allow fighters to clinch with him. If the clinching is taken
away from Hopkins, then heíll have no choice but to trade with Green.
I canít see Hopkins winning a slugging war with the bigger, stronger
Green. It just wonít happen. Hopkins wonít outwork Green, because
Bernard has become to economical with his punches in the past three to
four years. I see this fight ending badly for Hopkins with him getting
badly outworked and made to look like an old man.