Bernard Hopkins won a brutal unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr. in their long-delayed rematch tonight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, emphatically avenging his loss in the famed champions’ first fight nearly 17 years ago.
The 45-year-old Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) dominated nearly every round of a light heavyweight bout filled with wily veteran tactics and fueled by obvious mutual hatred. He won for the fifth time in his six fights since 2005.
Hopkins punctuated his dominance with a stirring rebound from Jones’ punch behind his head late in the sixth round at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Hopkins settled an old score against the 41-year-old Jones (54-7), who beat him by decision in May 1993 when both fighters still were on the cusp of standout careers.