Whats Next For Taylor and Hopkins?

05.12.05 - By Jim Amato: Damn! I had a bad weekend. First off, it was trouble at my job. Next, was trouble with the little woman. Then to top it all off, Bernard Hopkins loses another decision to Jermain Taylor. It's almost enough to make a grown man cry! Well, since I held back my tears and my eyes have finally cleared up, and I'm starting to see the big picture. The sad fact is, Taylor-Hopkins II was a carbon copy of their first fight. For the most part, Bernard made the same mistake he made in the first fight by letting the young thoroughbred jump off to a commanding lead that the old war horse could not overcome. Hopkins never had an exciting style. His lack of early aggression again cost him the decision. Fair call? I'd say, yes.

To be honest, Bernard did not do enough to earn the nod. Was it close enough for a rematch? Yes. I can still see Bernard making the proper adjustments to win a fight against Jermain. However, will the public buy a third match? Probably.
The only other legit threat is Winky Wright and he has his own agenda right now. Does Hop want a third match? I'd say yes. Deep down the great pride of Hopkins still feels he has unfinished business with Taylor.

Would this be a lucrative fight for Taylor? Oh yes. Other than a bout with Wright or maybe Felix Sturm, Hopkins III is a very good financial consideration. Taylor's future? Beyond Hopkins, Wright and Sturm. Well, there are a couple of good fighters named Kingsley Ikele and Kelly Pavlik that will soon be facing some stern tests.

For the time being Jermain Taylor is the master of his destiny. He has earned it.

Article posted on 06.12.2005

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