News | Oct 18 2016

Bernard Hopkins to compete in ‘farewell fight’ against Joe Smith Jr

Bernard Hopkins will attempt to defy 'father time' once more on December 17
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FIFTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) will return to action in a non-title match on December 17th at The Forum in Inglewood, California. His opponent will be Long Island, New York native, Joe Smith Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs).

Hopkins, who holds the middleweight record for the number of world title defenses with 20, will be coming out of a two-year layoff to fight a man nearly 25 years his junior.

In his last outing, “The Executioner” was knocked down and outclassed by Sergey Kovalev, losing every round on each of the judges’ scorecards.