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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