Rummy's 50: Bernard Hopkins v. Felix Trinidad
To kickstart this blog again, I have been going through a list, compiled by the YouTube channel Rummy's Corner, of the 50 fights that every boxing fan should watch. I will be going through them from #50 to #1. So, up first: Bernard Hopkins v. Felix Trinidad, September 29, 2001, Madison Square Garden, New York City: This was on the list as a brilliant performance by Hopkins, who completely outclassed Trinidad, to that point undefeated in his career, knocking him out in the 12th round. I scored the fight, and gave Hopkins all but one round. Trinidad had awesome power, especially in his left hook, but Hopkins neutralized it by commanding the ring and constantly moving, forcing Trinidad to pick up his feet and reset every time. Hopkins also managed the distance of this fight very well, either keeping Trinidad at the end of his jab or beating him to the punch on the inside. Fun fight to watch. This is the night that Hopkins went from being a future HOFer to an all-time great middleweight, up there with Hagler and Monzon and the rest. Here is the video of the fight.