Jones, Hopkins ready to step into the ring 17 years after first fight

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NEW YORK - After nearly two decades of bitter squabbling, Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins still can't share the same table.
Instead, the former champions appeared behind separate podiums Tuesday with placards that had only their own names and likenesses.
The stage inside the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square was set up to resemble a debate, with each of the 40-something fighters given time to explain why they believe they'll win their long-awaited rematch on April 3 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Jones beat Hopkins when they fought in 1993, and for years they never were able to agree to terms on what would have been a lucrative rematch.
They finally did, though both are well past their prime.

Organizations: Hard Rock Cafe

Geographic location: NEW YORK, Times Square, Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

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