OK I'm sober now..................
? The faith that some of you guys have in his boxing skill is off the charts.
Spoken like someone who's never been in the ring.
I already addressed this............Totally off base you should have asked the question before jumping the gun Grass hopper. LOL
First of all if you're going to make a daring pick such as this, atleast bring something to back up your argument. Just because someone is more active doesn't mean they're better or would come through another person.
I set the bait with the thread title to engage some one like you into the debate. Theres a METHOD to the madness. LOL
I did mention that Glen has some key differences than Cal, being power, experience and better defense IMO. If you didn't see that I won't hold it against you. It's just a boxing discussion and everybody it could be easy for some one to miss something like that.Recent examples include Juan Diaz vs. Nate Campbell and of course Bernard Hopkins vs. CAlazaghe. Say what you want about that fight (I had it 6 rounds to 6 with Hop winning due to the knockdown but I can accept a Cal win only based on out working Bernard's rate).
Cambell has A LOT more left in the tank that B-HOP does at this point in his career and that is why I make this prediction. I think some of you B-Hop supporters are going to be real disappointed after the Pavlik fight. But we will see........First off what Bernard does better than ANY fighter in recent history even now is he takes away what you like to do best. Basically he picks off your feathers, then your wings to where as you have nothing left.
He DID better than any fighter. After the Cal fight it's Crystal clear that Hop is a 6 round fighter and can't go a full twelve and with a a guy as experienced and skilled a Glen it would be a bad matchup for him if they where to fight right now.
If you'd like proof of this, look at Taylor's, Tarver's, Wright's and Cal's average punch numbers then look at them after they fought Bernard. So basically he's taking away your bazooka, your machine gun and if you don't have an accurate hand gun, then you're stuck.
Good point....but that is only half the equation that you need in order to decisively win a fight. Hop cannot keep up pick up the pace if the fight requires it. He would have to be atleast some what active in order to beat Glen.
Secondly before I elaborate, to this comment
here to face off Bernard would not make it to the closing bell.
When in the HELL has Bernard EVER EVER been dominated at ANY point in any fight to where as he was, out on his feet, sluggish, punch drunk or totally daised?? Name me one instance when he's ever been on "queer street" and you'd atleast have something to back up your argument. The answer would be never not even in his fights against Jones or Mercado where he was knocked down twice. So why suddenly would Glen Johnson who was annihilated literally by Hopkins the first time (you probably saw the recent broadcast of Johnson vs. Dawson that spawned this comment two days ago) suddenly walk through Bernard when we've NEVER witnessed Bernard having been walked through by more active fighters than Glen and harder punchers???
That was mostly said to bring attention to the thread and insight debate. Though I still think that it is very possible for Glen to get this version of Hop out of there in in less than 12. I'm willing to concede that it isn't probable since Hop has never been hurt. I just think that Glen has a better chance than most to get it done.
Just like theres more to basketball than dunking and more to baseball than home runs, they're entirely much more to boxing than mere activity.
Thats not the only variable in this fight, though it's one fo the most important ones.
I'll admit, Hopkins output is so abysmal at this point I wish he'd retire and he makes it very hard for judges to give him rounds in todays climate/yearning of "TV Friendly" fighters. But his defense, his ability to counter, his timing, his positioning, his ability to dupe you into thinking a clinch is coming but he pops you a good one and just overall ring generalship is STILL off the charts and thats what would prevent him from just being "crushed" as you initial post suggest.
I just think that Glen is so experienced and a good of enough boxer in his own right that a lot of that stuff will not be as effective on him as it Winky. Glen wont give Hop the same respect that Winky gave Hop and he for sure isn't getting his faced mushed in at the press conference. Hop Psycholigical shit won't work on Glen they would be fighting on even terms.
We've seen Glen Johnson lose, recently (Clinton Woods, Tarver). Hopkins is still a better overall boxer than both of those guys (not taking anything away from Tarver as I know he's loathed here).
Come on man don't bring in A-B-C logic into this shit both of those can deal better with activity than Hop can right now.
I have a question for you, YES or NO and be honest. Have you EVER seen their first fight in its complete entirety???
Before I read your post NO, but before replying to this Post. YES LOL
The biggest thing that I noticed off the bat was how active Hop was in that fight and the fact that Glen was trying to box with Hopkins. Really, there first fight shouldn't even be discussed because if they where to fight right now it would be a totally different fight. Be honest would it be a totally different fight Yes or No. LOL