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Hopkins, Smith Weigh 174; Smith: This ‘Common Man’ Beats His Ass

By Keith Idec

Joe Smith’s message after he and Bernard Hopkins weighed in at 174 pounds apiece Friday was simple.

“I’m just gonna show that I am common,” said Smith (22-1, 18 KOs), who works as a laborer on Long Island when he’s not training for fights. “But I’m gonna put on a great show, and this common man’s gonna beat his ass.”

Philadelphia’s Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs, 2 NC), a former undisputed middleweight and light heavyweight champion, promised the same thing a day before their 12-round light-heavyweight main event at The Forum in Inglewood, California (HBO). Hopkins, 51, also has promised that this farewell fight will be the last of a 28-year pro career that began in October 1988 and eventually will secure his place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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“I’m gonna be able to give a guy, Joe Smith, his final ass whuppin’,” Hopkins said, playing on the promotional moniker for their fight, “The Final One.”

Before Hopkins and Smith weighed in, undefeated featherweight contender Joseph Diaz Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs), of Downey, California, weighed in at the limit of 126 pounds for his 10-round featherweight fight against Mexico’s Horacio Garcia (30-1-1, 22 KOs). Garcia weighed in at 125.8 pounds.

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) weighed 199.6 pounds for the third fight HBO will televise Saturday night, a 12-round defense of Usyk’s WBO world cruiserweight title. Usyk’s opponent, South Africa’s Thabiso Mchunu (17-2, 11 KOs), weighed 198.6 pounds.

HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” tripleheader is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 12-17-2016

[QUOTE=Superbee;17283206]Smith Jr was about to go down himself when he threw that blind Hail Mary out of nowhere ... If you want a good example of a lucky punch, that's it... I'm sure he was surprised himself that he connected…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 12-17-2016

[QUOTE=SHO_RULEZ;17283162]I understand that Pavlik's former manager is upset that Smith diminished him...but to belittle Smith's knockout of Fonfara is ridiculous. Here's the thing. Fonfara is one of the most stubborn fighters in the sport :lol1:! He gets hurt, he get…

Comment by twosweethooks on 12-16-2016

Bhop will nail him and the boy will have take then show what he is made of. You live by the sword you die by it!!!

Comment by MrClutch85 on 12-16-2016

I want to pick B-Hop I think Joe Smith will win by decision or stoppage

Comment by jonnyc420 on 12-16-2016

Looking forward to this fight, I think the old man has one more victory in him.

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