Here is the keys for Oscar to have a chance against Hopkins:
#1): Use his superior footwork. De La Hoya has better footwork than Hopkins,
so if he can avoid that big punch or take Hopkins punches all night long, he
can use his quicker jab as well to frustrate the foul prone Hopkins.
#2): Oscar must go back to his defensive style he used against Whitaker,
even if it's boring. This is Oscar's biggest fight and he MUST make Hopkins
miss a lot in order for Bernard to run out of gas later in the fight.
If Oscar can utilize these suggestions, I think he has MUCH more than a
punchers chance to upset Hopkins. Will it happen? Probably not. Why? because
Oscar has never been in the ring with a guy the "rough em' up, war attitude"
that Bernard brings to the table. Hopkins simply has more killer instinct
than Oscar, but Oscar has proven the ability to get *** when he needs to
be (see his fights against Quartey & Vargas).
For the people thinking (or hoping) to see Oscar get hurt really bad and
stopped early, your wasting your time because it won't happen. From the
opening bell, Oscar is going to peck with his quick jab and get a feel for
Hopkins. This plan might last 3 rounds before Oscar gets comfortable. My
question is what is Hopkins going to do? Is Bernard going to throw bombs
from the start or get a feel for Oscar as well? I tend to think Hopkins will
play the first round safe, but if he gets any kind of feeling he can reach
Oscar pretty frequently, he's going in for the kill.
Hopkins by stoppage in round 10 in a better, closer fight than people think.
If this happened 4 years ago, bernard eats Oscar up within 6 rounds.
However, Hopkins is older and his last few fights, he showed signs of more
fatigue in the later rounds.
> > Does Oscar really think he can win this? I wonder what's really on his
> > regarding the fight with Hopkins. Oscar is smart, so I imagine that he
> > what he's up against.
> > I seriously doubt a decision on this fight. While Oscar's chin is
> > he'll be in there with a guy who can hit hard and often all night long.
> > speed doesn't mean he won't trade. He nearly always trades at some point
> > later rounds. This will be his undoing after a valiant early effort.
> > knocked down twice, then the fight will be stopped. Maybe!
> > Still, I'm intrigued to see what Oscar plans to do and how Hopkins tries
> > derail him. I guess I'm rooting for Oscar, since he's taking the crazy
> > begin with. So...my prediction: Oscar overwelms a "lightly stunned"
> > the 9th with a fast and mostly harmless flurry of punches. The ref plays
> > safe, and the fight is stopped. The unhurt Hopkins will be as angry as
> > when he lost to Leonard.
> > RB
> For Oscar to have any chance (to win!) in this fight, he has to take risk
> while boxing to the best of his abilities. Taking risk means daring to
> seek opps to land his famous left hook at least once (hopefully the
> very first time) "perfectly".
> Has Hopkins been hit really *** the chin before? I feel that getting
> hit by a perfect left hook downs him since any strength difference does
> not matter here.
> If Oscar only tries to box, I think Hopkins is as skillful and has better
> reach to score more easy points and land big right hands every now and
> to win a very one sided event.
> On the other hand, if Hopkins get too zealous to hit Oscar, then I think
> the fight will be interesting -- since Oscar will have to go aggressive
> and fast in exchanges and hope to land that left hook.
> At this point, more than anything, I only hope that the fight will be as
> good as any of our imaginations and expectations...