It took 17 years, but Bernard Hopkins finally got a second chance against Roy Jones Jr. He delivered in a big way with a unanimous-decision win over Jones in a light heavyweight bout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The judges scored the bout 117-110, 118-109, 118-109 all in favor of Hopkins (51-5-1). It was the sixth loss in the last 11 fights for Jones (54-7).
It was a grueling fight for both fighters, especially Hopkins, who was the victim of two punches to the back of the head and a low blow. It came to a boil with about 10 seconds left in the sixth round when Hopkins fell to his knees after taking a left to the back of his head.
Neither fighter announced whether they would call it a career. But from the way the fight played both Hopkins, 45, and Jones, 41, need to get serious about retiring. Both fighters were taken to the hospital after the fight. Doctors wanted to take Hopkins to the hospital in a stretcher.