Roy Jones Jr. is set to take on Bernard Hopkins in their highly anticipated face-off, dubbed “The Rivals,” this Saturday (April 3) in Las Vegas.
For those who won’t be in attendance, you have a few options on how to watch it. Either by pay-per-view, or in HD LIVE in 150 select movie theaters across the U.S., thanks to NCM Fathom.
In an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions, NCM is bringing boxing to the big screen, as they did in September when Floyd Mayweather took on Juan Manuel Marquez, the first fight to be shown in movie theaters in over 20 years.
“Tens of thousands of boxing fans around the country proved they have an appetite for seeing boxing on the big screen as they enjoyed the larger-than-life, ringside experience of the Mayweather vs. Marquez in-theater event last September,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom. “This exclusive partnership with Golden Boy Promotions allows Fathom to continue to present the biggest boxing events of 2010 to communities of fans nationwide and Hopkins vs. Jones promises to be a true classic to start the year.”
Tickets are available to “The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II” special in-theater event at www.FathomEvents.com and presenting theater box offices. Visit the site for a full list of theater locations and prices.
“Our experience of bringing big-time boxing back to the movie theaters was a great success for everyone — especially the fans,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Along with our partners at NCM, we look forward to building on that momentum and offering the best fights in the business in a spectacular hi-def environment.”
It’s been 17 years since their first meeting. Now, the wait is over as Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOs) and Jones (54-6, 40 KOs), two of boxing’s most decorated and recognizable fighters, will put it all on the line and leave no doubts as to who gets the bragging rights on April 3rd..
They first met in May 1993, where they fought for the vacant IBF middleweight belt, the first shot at a world title for both fighters. The fight, which Jones won by unanimous decision, was a hard fought contest that set the stage for both fighters’ respective paths to boxing stardom. Jones went on to win titles in four weight classes, including middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and his historic heavyweight championship. Hopkins, who claimed Jones’ vacated IBF middleweight title in 1995, didn’t lose another fight for 12 years following his battle with Jones.
While Jones ruled as pound-for-pound best for the better part of a decade, Hopkins took advantage of his middleweight crown by setting a record of 20 defenses and solidifying his place as one of the greatest middleweight fighters in the history of the sport.
Their long awaited rematch comes as both fighters wind down their careers. Both are in their 40s, and approaching the end of their careers.. This should be one of their last big performances before leaving their careers in the history books.
Through this new agreement, Fathom in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions will also present Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. “Sugar” Shane Mosley in the welterweight championship fight on Saturday, May 1. Tickets are also available beginning Friday, April 2, through www.FathomEvents.com.