Legendary boxer Benard Hopkins 28-year career couldn’t have ended on a worse note as he was literally knocked out of the ring by opponent Joe Smith Jr Saturday night.
Hopkins, a month shy of his 52nd birthday and participating in the 67th and final fight of a career that began when Ronald Reagan was president and year before Smith was born, landed on his head but complained of an ankle injury and was unable to continue.
— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December 18, 2016
Hopkins, who had a long stint as middleweight champion and was also the light heavyweight champion, ends his career at 55-8-2.
“I know for a fact that if I had not been pushed out of the ring after I had made him miss, the second half of the fight, where I’m known for coming back and I’m known for going after it when I’m down multiple rounds, I believe he was starting to fade out,” Hopkins said to HBO’s Max Kellerman in his locker room after leaving the ring.
— The Sports Junky (@TheSportsJunky1) December 18, 2016
I love Bernard Hopkins, but holy hell. His old ass got knocked out of the whole damn ring. Time to call it a career, B-Hop.
— Jordan G. Barcus (@BarcusJordan94) December 18, 2016
Dam hopkins got his soul and life force knocked outta him
— Drew (@DolceBoy29) December 18, 2016
Bernard Hopkins out the ring. pic.twitter.com/oDUgZYruej
— Six ?? (@Sixfever) December 18, 2016