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Bernard Hopkins Set to Call it a Day

Over the past few years I guess I’m not alone in wondering when the legend that is Bernard Hopkins would call it a day and retire from the ring.

Well now we have our answer, Hopkins, known as ‘The Executioner’ is set to fight for the last time on 17 December at the Los Angeles Forum.

The fight will be 65th fight of a career that has spanned 28 years for the 51 year-old boxer.

As for an opponent, Hopkins will be taking on Joe Smith, with Hopkins remarking about his latest opponent,

'A lot of people will focus on my age, the history of my run in the sport, the titles, but I'm focused on one thing - knocking Joe Smith out.”

Hopkins has had a remarkable career, making his debut in the professional ring back in 1988.

During his career Hopkins has won 55 of his fights with 32 coming by way of knockout.

Hopkins became a world title holder at the age of 30 and defended his middleweight crown on 20 successive occasions.

The last time Hopkins stepped into the ring he fought Russia’s Sergey Kovalev for the WBA, IBF and WBO light-heavyweight titles back in November 2014, losing by a points’ decision.

The fight against Smith will not be an easy one, the American has a record that reads 22-1 with 18 wins coming by way of knockout.

Will Hopkins bow out with a victory, I wouldn’t bet against it.


The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 19 2016

Time: 5:41PM

 

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