Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr. set for rematch

Seventeen years after their first fight, Bernard Hopkins will

meet Roy Jones Jr. in a rematch in April in Las Vegas.

The rematch is scheduled for April 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events

Center in Las Vegas.

The 45-year-old Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOs) is a former

middleweight and light heavyweight champion. He defeated Enrique

Ornelas by unanimous decision in a light heavyweight bout in

Philadelphia in December.

“A rematch with Roy has been in the back of my mind for a long

time and it’s finally going to happen,” Hopkins said in Monday’s

release announcing the bout. “I have accomplished a lot in my

career since that night in Washington, D.C., in 1993, and I am

going to end this thing between me and Roy once and for all.”

The 41-year-old Jones (54-6, 40 KOs) is coming off a loss to

Australian Danny Green in the first round, also in December.

On May 22, 1993, in Washington, D.C., Hopkins lost a unanimous

decision to Jones for the vacant IBF middleweight crown.

“We’re giving the fans what they want to see. They deserve this

fight and why not supply the fans with what they demand?” Jones

said.