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post Jan 4 2008, 10:56 AM
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Hopkins-Calzaghe in Vegas on April 12th?

"I believe the date the 11th or the 12th of April. I know I'm just looking to make it happen. I don't believe anything is signed yet. I got a letter from Arnold Joseph and Richard Schaeffer saying that we have an oral agreement. I could say oral agreements have stood up for the last five years of my career. They expressed to me that we have a deal and I'm expecting an official confirmation on that no later than Monday. I was hoping to hear something yesterday or today, but I'm expecting things to be wrapped up the middle of next week the latest," stated light heavyweight king Bernard Hopkins in a recent interview.

Hopkins revealed that the fight would likely take place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay or the MGM Grand and he hopes that HBO will be willing to do another 24/7 series for the fight. "I think maybe with a 24/7 if everybody is willing to pitch in, that's HBO, Golden Boy and Frank Warren, if they're willing to pitch in because that ain't free, but I think it would do everybody justice, not only in our bank accounts, but I think the fans will get to see the behind the scenes back and forth that goes on with the game. Again, this ain't a salespitch to convince anybody, I'm just saying that this is one of them kind of fights where I think 24/7 is needed to uplift what's already there. Coming off the heels of the big blockbuster that happened on December 8 one month later, I think it would be great."

Hopkins also revealed that he's been training lightly for the past two or three months, but he's planning on beginning serious training for the fight in about two or three weeks. Along with Brother Nasseem and Freddie Roach, Hopkins is considering reuniting with Mackie Shillstone. "I didn't use him for the Winky Wright for one reason or the other, but for this fight I see that his biggest weapon is punches in bunches and trust me, from what I've experienced with the Tarver fight with Mackie Shilstone, he got me to the point where I was throwing so many punches per round that it was unbelievable."

When asked whether or not Calzaghe would be one of the toughest southpaws he's ever faced, Hopkins emphatically stated, "Oh, No. No. No. Absolutely not. The best southpaw I ever fought in terms of being tricky is John David Jackson." In fact, Hopkins went so far as to say that Calzaghe was at the bottom of the list of southpaws he's faced, behind the likes of Robert Allen, Antonio Tarver and Winky Wright.
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post Jan 5 2008, 03:37 PM
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Hater, LOL, no I guess you are wrong about that. I also agreed I see Hopkins having a better resume than Calzaghe, but I cant believe how you can see such a big difference there.

I also agree it should not be that important, but I guess if Calzaghe has never faced anyone half as good as Hopkins, it should. Only 8-4 against a bum like Kessler whereas Hopkins has knocked out welterweight De La Hoya? Calzaghe is probably gonna get KO'd (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

Although Im picking Calzaghe to win decisively, I also think he wont have an easy time against Hopkins and he wont look great. Hopkins will prove how smart he is and what defensive skills he posesses. Additionally he should be able to find openings against the very offensive Calzaghe, so he can land some nice right hands. But I just cant see him getting done enough. Calzaghe is faster on his legs and with his hands, he throws good combinations on the inside and his outside boxing and his jab are very underrated just like his power. And with all the talk about Hopkins' tactics and rough style, dont forget its also a pretty big part of Calzaghes game to hold. That doesnt make it easier for B-Hop, either.
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post Jan 5 2008, 04:13 PM
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QUOTE(Blayde @ Jan 5 2008, 03:37 PM) [snapback]373513[/snapback]
Hater, LOL, no I guess you are wrong about that. I also agreed I see Hopkins having a better resume than Calzaghe, but I cant believe how you can see such a big difference there.

I also agree it should not be that important, but I guess if Calzaghe has never faced anyone half as good as Hopkins, it should. Only 8-4 against a bum like Kessler whereas Hopkins has knocked out welterweight De La Hoya? Calzaghe is probably gonna get KO'd (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

Although Im picking Calzaghe to win decisively, I also think he wont have an easy time against Hopkins and he wont look great. Hopkins will prove how smart he is and what defensive skills he posesses. Additionally he should be able to find openings against the very offensive Calzaghe, so he can land some nice right hands. But I just cant see him getting done enough. Calzaghe is faster on his legs and with his hands, he throws good combinations on the inside and his outside boxing and his jab are very underrated just like his power. And with all the talk about Hopkins' tactics and rough style, dont forget its also a pretty big part of Calzaghes game to hold. That doesnt make it easier for B-Hop, either.

First Let me say that Calzaghe is a very good fighter. I rank him high on my P4P list simply because he has been the man in the Super Middleweight Division for so long. He is the longest reigning champ, and you gotta respect that! But How can anyone question BHOPs Resume. Not only has he beaten Hall of Fame fighters but he has dominated and knock them out!! Who in this world would ever compare BHOp and Calzaghe's resume! You seem to forget Calzaghe had trouble with Sakio Bika (From the show, The Contender), he struggled against Robin Reid (a C Class fighter).Calzaghe's crowning achievement were victories over Jeff Lacy (who was one of the most overhyped and overrated fighters in the last 10 years), and Kessler (who really hasn't proven himself that much either) Now on the other hand you have BHOP who has KO victories over Hall of Fame fighters such as: De La Hoya, and Trinidad. He has a KO victory over a young undefeated warrior Glen Johnson, who would go on to be the Light Heavyweight champion, and a fighter who I think Calzaghe ducked a couple of times. Not to mention victories over Winky Wright and Antonio Tarver, who are fighters I think would beat anyone on Calzaghe's record. Also the Taylor fights were very controversial. I actually had Hopkins winning both fights! So let's not compare their resumes!
But my prediction is this:
I originally had Calzaghe winning a very close decision, but after hours of studying both fighters, their styles, and there past fights, I have to say we have Mayweather-Hatton all over again!
I doubted BHOP one time when he fought Tarver, I will never do that again.
BHOP late Stoppage!
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- easywork   Hopkins-Calzaghe official? (In Vegas April 12?)   Jan 4 2008, 10:56 AM
- - PR316   Well I guess we'll see. Hopkins is very confid...   Jan 4 2008, 02:37 PM
- - BoxingStill#1   Biggest fight of the 08' year,.....I can't...   Jan 4 2008, 07:54 PM
- - biggeorge89   I still cant believe people think this is such a w...   Jan 4 2008, 11:19 PM
|- - Blayde   QUOTE(biggeorge89 @ Jan 5 2008, 05:19 AM)...   Jan 5 2008, 10:30 AM
||- - streetlion1   QUOTE(Blayde @ Jan 5 2008, 09:30 AM) 3734...   Jan 5 2008, 03:18 PM
|- - PR316   QUOTE(biggeorge89 @ Jan 5 2008, 04:19 AM)...   Jan 5 2008, 07:45 PM
|- - salvador   QUOTE(biggeorge89 @ Jan 5 2008, 12:19 AM)...   Jan 7 2008, 06:14 PM
- - Method   QUOTEI dont expect Calzgahe to hit Hopkins clean w...   Jan 5 2008, 08:29 AM
- - Method   QUOTEIMO Kessler at 168 is better than Winky at 17...   Jan 5 2008, 12:43 PM
- - Blayde   I just dont get why Oscar and Tito are seen as suc...   Jan 5 2008, 12:55 PM
|- - Future_Champ   QUOTE(Blayde @ Jan 5 2008, 12:55 PM) 3734...   Jan 5 2008, 02:51 PM
- - biggeorge89   To be honest, I dont think Kessler is any better t...   Jan 5 2008, 03:10 PM
- - Blayde   Hater, LOL, no I guess you are wrong about that. I...   Jan 5 2008, 03:37 PM
|- - damarvelous1   QUOTE(Blayde @ Jan 5 2008, 03:37 PM) 3735...   Jan 5 2008, 04:13 PM
- - Southeastpaw   As much as I cannot stand Calzaghe, he is a physic...   Jan 5 2008, 04:21 PM
- - Mixnutz   The key to Hopkins success in his later years has ...   Jan 5 2008, 05:36 PM
- - Maxy   Blayde makes good points in his posts. Hopkins is...   Jan 5 2008, 06:07 PM
- - biggeorge89   I don't think Hopkins looked terrible in the W...   Jan 5 2008, 07:53 PM
|- - PR316   QUOTE(biggeorge89 @ Jan 6 2008, 12:53 AM)...   Jan 5 2008, 10:40 PM
- - biggeorge89   Fitz, i dont think Tarver is great at all but I...   Jan 5 2008, 09:29 PM
- - Method   Calzghe's jab landing early and often? OK. T...   Jan 6 2008, 06:23 PM
- - PR316   I recall Taylor landing his jab in the 2nd fight a...   Jan 7 2008, 08:43 AM
- - Method   QUOTEThat being said, being offensive is not Hopki...   Jan 7 2008, 09:33 AM
|- - PR316   QUOTE(Method @ Jan 7 2008, 02:33 PM) 3738...   Jan 7 2008, 12:31 PM
|- - buford54   QUOTE(PR316 @ Jan 7 2008, 12:31 PM) 37384...   Jan 7 2008, 01:01 PM
- - Elijah   I think Hopkins is gonna be more motivated for thi...   Jan 7 2008, 12:09 PM
- - Elijah   I'm not so sure about Hopkins not having the p...   Jan 7 2008, 12:39 PM
|- - PR316   QUOTE(Elijah @ Jan 7 2008, 05:39 PM) 3738...   Jan 7 2008, 12:51 PM
- - Elijah   I don't think you can compare Kessler to Hopki...   Jan 7 2008, 12:59 PM
|- - PR316   QUOTE(Elijah @ Jan 7 2008, 05:59 PM) 3738...   Jan 7 2008, 08:44 PM
|- - BrutalBodyShots   QUOTE(PR316 @ Jan 7 2008, 08:44 PM) 37391...   Jan 7 2008, 11:08 PM
- - Method   QUOTEI don't think you can compare Kessler to ...   Jan 7 2008, 01:07 PM
- - PrfPmp   I was bored yesterday so decided to watch Winky-Ho...   Jan 7 2008, 01:41 PM
- - rusty_trombone   I still like Zags to win a decision here, I expect...   Jan 7 2008, 09:23 PM
- - imperial   I also like Calzaghe based on workrate ..But if Ho...   Jan 7 2008, 10:46 PM
- - Imperius3   It's not guaranteed Calzaghe will land more th...   Jan 8 2008, 07:36 AM
- - Method   QUOTEIn terms of SKILL.... Your right. But Kessler...   Jan 8 2008, 08:44 AM
- - PR316   ^^^^ Kessler is a legitimate puncher at 168 having...   Jan 8 2008, 10:49 AM
- - Southeastpaw   Not so sure this Hopkins would even beat Kessler l...   Jan 8 2008, 11:28 PM
- - Fitz   I kind of get the feeling that people are showing ...   Jan 8 2008, 11:37 PM
- - Fitz   QUOTE(Southeastpaw @ Jan 9 2008, 03:28 PM...   Jan 8 2008, 11:38 PM
- - biggeorge89   Kessler beat Hopkins? LOL. Kessler might be more ...   Jan 8 2008, 11:45 PM
- - Method   QUOTEKessler is much more sound than a Taylor and ...   Jan 9 2008, 05:53 AM
- - Fitz   I think it was Calazghe's work rate that cost ...   Jan 9 2008, 06:33 AM
- - biggeorge89   Well, I don't think Glen is great. He is a tou...   Jan 9 2008, 06:38 AM
|- - Blayde   QUOTE(biggeorge89 @ Jan 9 2008, 12:38 PM)...   Jan 9 2008, 12:18 PM
- - PR316   I honestly think that if Milkdud ever found the ba...   Jan 9 2008, 10:42 AM
|- - Southeastpaw   QUOTE(PR316 @ Jan 9 2008, 10:42 AM) 37407...   Jan 9 2008, 10:55 AM
- - Fitz   QUOTE(Southeastpaw @ Jan 10 2008, 02:55 A...   Jan 9 2008, 10:59 AM
- - biggeorge89   QUOTE(Southeastpaw @ Jan 9 2008, 03:55 PM...   Jan 9 2008, 05:12 PM
- - PR316   ^^^^ I'm was never too high on Tarver. He los...   Jan 9 2008, 05:28 PM
- - biggeorge89   QUOTEJones. Only the fact that Roy became complace...   Jan 9 2008, 05:34 PM
- - Big Slim   QUOTE(Southeastpaw @ Jan 9 2008, 11:55 AM...   Jan 9 2008, 05:40 PM
- - Method   You're absolutely CORRECT, Big Slim, Tarver NE...   Jan 9 2008, 06:04 PM
- - CyruS   I'll just keep it short and simple, Hopkins W ...   Jan 9 2008, 06:30 PM
- - Fitz   Tarver didn't even want a piece of Danny Green...   Jan 9 2008, 08:54 PM
- - Bill The Butcher   Calzaghe is a southpaw.   Jan 10 2008, 12:32 AM
- - Method   QUOTETarver didn't even want a piece of Danny ...   Jan 10 2008, 06:33 AM
- - Fitz   Yep, and he still wanted no part of a natural 168 ...   Jan 10 2008, 07:11 AM
- - biggeorge89   Again, I'm not the biggest Tarver fan..in fact...   Jan 10 2008, 08:01 AM
|- - Blayde   And Tarver struggled against Muriqi, LOL. I can u...   Jan 10 2008, 08:50 AM
- - Method   Oh, Im not talking about the Tarver that fought Me...   Jan 10 2008, 01:13 PM
- - Nobudius   This thread should be retitled: Hopkins-Calzaghe i...   Jan 10 2008, 03:15 PM
- - Method   I dind't say anything about deep waters (not s...   Jan 10 2008, 03:22 PM
- - Nobudius   The "deep waters" comment is actually in...   Jan 10 2008, 04:06 PM
- - Method   Absolutely. Before the first bout, he likened it ...   Jan 10 2008, 04:28 PM
- - Fitz   Fightnews: QUOTEWarren: Calzaghe-Hopkins done...   Jan 13 2008, 05:38 AM
- - Method   These are the same stories that have been saying f...   Jan 13 2008, 01:18 PM
- - Byrd Man   Just saw this on the front page of Boxingtalk. I ...   Jan 20 2008, 05:22 PM
- - stateofthegame   The funny thing is that Dan Rafeal announced on Fr...   Jan 20 2008, 05:43 PM
- - xxxxxx   I'm hoping X beats Joe as bad as Mayweather be...   Jan 21 2008, 01:38 PM
- - buford54   I was worried about X's stamina too until I sa...   Jan 21 2008, 02:17 PM
|- - E.C.LEGEND   QUOTE(buford54 @ Jan 21 2008, 03:17 PM) 3...   Jan 22 2008, 03:34 AM
|- - rusty_trombone   QUOTE(E.C.LEGEND @ Jan 22 2008, 03:34 AM)...   Jan 22 2008, 09:20 AM
- - biggeorge89   I just watched Calzaghe-Kessler, and I dont know, ...   Jan 22 2008, 05:56 AM
|- - The Original MrFactor   QUOTE(biggeorge89 @ Jan 22 2008, 05:56 AM...   Jan 22 2008, 06:29 AM
- - streetlion1   Yep its on now!!!! Another over-ra...   Jan 22 2008, 11:12 AM
|- - rusty_trombone   QUOTE(streetlion1 @ Jan 22 2008, 11:12 AM...   Jan 22 2008, 05:43 PM
||- - streetlion1   QUOTE(rusty_trombone @ Jan 22 2008, 04:43...   Jan 23 2008, 01:53 AM
|- - PR316   QUOTE(streetlion1 @ Jan 22 2008, 04:12 PM...   Jan 23 2008, 10:19 AM
|- - streetlion1   QUOTE(PR316 @ Jan 23 2008, 09:19 AM) 3761...   Jan 23 2008, 12:19 PM
- - PR316   Yeah but Hopkins will have to pull the trigger con...   Jan 23 2008, 01:19 PM
|- - streetlion1   QUOTE(PR316 @ Jan 23 2008, 12:19 PM) 3761...   Jan 23 2008, 01:28 PM
- - PR316   Its possible. I've counted Hopkins out before(...   Jan 23 2008, 02:30 PM


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