Former two-division champ and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) will return to the ring on December 17 to take on Joe Smith Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs) in what is said to be his final fight.
Hopkins, who holds the record for most middleweight title defenses (20), has fought a who’s who of boxing’s best throughout the years from middleweight to light heavyweight, where he last held a world title – the oldest fighter to hold a championship, at age 48.
Now 51, Hopkins will look to end his storied career with one more win.
“While ‘The Alien’ may be retired, the ‘Executioner’ has one fight left, and Joe Smith Jr., is going to find out the hard way how well prepared I am for my final fight,” Hopkins said. “A lot of people will focus on my age, the history of my run in the sport, the titles, etc…but I’m focused on one thing — knocking Joe Smith out.”
Added Smith, “I’m very excited about fighting on HBO. I know now all my hard work and dedication has paid off. I am looking forward to retiring a boxing legend.”
Hopkins-Smith will air on HBO beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with a co-main event still in the works (after Orlando Salido withdrew from his fight with a back injury), and tickets will go on sale on October 24, priced at $205, 105, $75, $50, and $25.