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borolad259 Posted on 20/04/2008 05:34
As predicted

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It pretty much went as expected, and predicted on here months ago. The only surprise was the first round knock down.
Hopkins to spoil and fight canny, Joe to win on greater work rate, punches thrown/landed and aggression.
If Hopkins wanted to win by counter punching withthe cleaner, crisper shots, he had to stop Joe. That never much lookedlike happening.
Joe threw nearly twice as many punches, and landed with a higher percentage (5% more) of those thrown. He scored more hits than any other fighter against Hokins (according to the compu-box thing).
I thought he won by a distance, and, although it wasn't pretty, it was effective. Good to see American fight press and fans disagreeeing with Hopkins' assessment of the fight.
Pavlik next would be fun, but I reckon it will be RJJ.
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tjf81 Posted on 20/04/2008 06:05
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"I can't get my head around the fact that Calzaghe has won that fight. A very strange decision."
BBC Sport's Ben Dirs in Las Vegas
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A 43 year old B-HOP controlled the whole fight, he made Calzaghe miss and made him look a rookie in round1. B-HOP controlled the movement by staying on his toes, it is called Ring Generalship. Hopkins had a defence unlike Joe. CompuBox may have Calzaghe landing more but they were all PITTER PATTER shots. Hopkins had Calzaghe hurt a few times, end of round7 anyone? This goes to show that a PRIME B-HOP would have knocked Calzaghe out, I had B-HOP winning most of the rounds and I agree with the BBC "a strange decision" aka ROBBERY
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borolad259 Posted on 20/04/2008 08:59
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As Hatton will tell you, the Nevada judges, and Joe Cortez aren't big fans of boxers who rely on grappling and tying up their opponent.
Ben Dirs potters about at the big sporting events, blogging away, quoting the opinions of others, whilst not having much of any importance to offer himslf.
I've just got up and read the write-ups, in particular those on the other side of the Atlantic. Not one has B-Hop winning. In fact, quite a few were srprised that he won on one card, and there was a fair bit of derision about his post match analysis.
Pitter patter shots score points.
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HibsAdmin Posted on 20/04/2008 09:39
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tjf - I presume your not a Calzaghe fan.

He won - fair and square.

The BBC analysis is wrong. Watch the fight again - this time with your eyes open
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borolad259 Posted on 20/04/2008 10:36
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I'm watching it again on Setanta now, and Joe did better even in the first 3 rounds than I'd thought seeing it live.
I've been a Bhop fan for years,and you have to give him credit for looking like a boxer 10 years younger...he's a freak. He always fights the same frustrating way though. Makes other fighters look bad.
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