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Photos: Smith Ends Bernard Hopkins' Career in Brutal Fashion

The Forum, Inglewood, California - 27-year-old Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19KOs) knocked out former two division world champion Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2-1, 32KOs), almost 52-years-old and coming off a two-year layoff, in the eight round of action. This was the final fight of Hopkins' career. Photos by Ed Mulholland/HBO.

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The official ruling was that Hopkins sustained an injury when he flew out of the ring, from legal punches, and he was unable to continue. Hopkins complained that Smith pushed him out of the ring, but several replays showed that Smith never pushed him. This was the first knockout loss of Hopkins' career.

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Smith started the first by applying pressure in the first and letting his hands go to make Hopkins work hard from the very beginning. A good combination appeared to wobble Hopkins for a moment, but Smith was unable to follow-up with a lot of punches as Hopkins was able to used defense to get out of trouble.

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Smith was targeting the body in the second round and his punches were doing damage. Smith was cut above the left eye from Hopkins head clash. Hopkins landed a good right hand counter, but not much of anything else. Smith using his jab in the third, but more as a range finder to land punches. Hopkins did well to nullify the offense of Smith for the first two rounds and landing his own counters. Smith started to let his hands go in the final twenty seconds.

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The fourth saw Hopkins doing a lot of moving and not that much punching. Smith was going after him, but made the mistake of leaving himself open to often as Hopkins was connecting with quick punches. In the fifth, Hopkins continued to land some very quick punches as Smith was walking in. Smith was targeting the body as Hopkins head was a little harder to find. In the final few seconds Smith was able to land a very good right that forced Hopkins to hold on.

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Smith was really on the mark in the sixth, letting his hands go and working Hopkins over in the sixth against the ropes. Smith was taking the fight to Hopkins, who wasn't doing much in return. The seventh had Smith coming forward, pushing the pace and letting his hands go as Hopkins was still not doing much work in return. Smith was digging down to the body and doing more damage.

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Smith landed a huge combination in the eight round that sent Hopkins flying right through the ropes and out of the ring. Hopkins was down on the floor and seemed to be out on his feet. He unable to get back in the ring and the fight was stopped.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SugarRaRobinson on 12-19-2016

[QUOTE=BoxingFan82;17289975]So let's get this straight. Bernard Hopkins will be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame for a career in which he has broken numerous boxing records, made tens of millions of dollars, and fascinated and inspired people all over…

Comment by kafkod on 12-18-2016

[QUOTE=paulf;17289147]Just saw the KO... that s[I]hi[/I]t was hilarious. Something you'd see in a f[I]u[/I]cking cartoon. Bernard is one of the most insufferable cunts in the history of boxing. Good riddance.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Carpe Diem;17289660]I saw this **** during my lunch break today…

Comment by BoxingFan82 on 12-18-2016

[QUOTE=Carpe Diem;17289660]I saw this **** during my lunch break today and I couldn't stop laughing.[/QUOTE] So let's get this straight. Bernard Hopkins will be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame for a career in which he has broken numerous…

Comment by Carpe Diem on 12-18-2016

I saw this **** during my lunch break today and I couldn't stop laughing.

Comment by fats on 12-18-2016

Agreed. Hopkins may have said some really off the wall things and has been controversial. However, to disparage his accomplishments (vice the man) as less than great based on his words is intellectually dishonest.

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