Roy Jones Jr. vs. Bernard Hopkins (1st meeting)

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Roy Jones Jr 159 lbs beat Bernard Hopkins 159 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


  • This was the first world title fight for both boxers.
  • Hopkins was ranked #1 by the IBF and Jones was #2.
  • The IBF middleweight title became vacant after James Toney defeated Iran Barkley to win the IBF super middleweight title three months earlier.
  • Jones vs. Hopkins was on the undercard of Riddick Bowe's heavyweight title defense against Jesse Ferguson.
  • There was a crowd of 8,500.
  • Jones landed 206 of 594 punches (35%) and Hopkins connected on 153 of 670 (23%).
  • The Associated Press reported: "Jones was much too fast and much too strong for Bernard Hopkins."

Preceded by:
Toney vs. McCallum II
IBF Middleweight Title Fight
# 22
Succeeded by:
Jones Jr vs. Tate