American boxing great Bernard Hopkins ended his career’s last fight slumped on the floor outside the ring. Moreover, the 51-year-old lost to Joe Smith Jr in Inglewood, California.
Joe Smith Jr has taken down Bernard Hopkins 53 seconds in the eighth round of their WBC international light-heavyweight title fight.
It took a six-punch combination to post Hopkins through the ropes and onto the floor. Notably, ending the 51-year-old’s 28-year boxing career.
Smith effectively defended his title when Hopkins was unable to return to the ring after 20 seconds. Hopkins hit his head on the way out of the ring. Additionally, sprained his right ankle – he cited the ankle as the reason he couldn’t finish. A WBC official said the injuries suffered forced a TKO.
Hopkins bowed out by blaming Smith Jr of pushing him towards the ropes in the eighth round before he tumbled out of the ring.
The man who ruled as a middleweight title holder from 1994 to 2005, beating Oscar De La Hoya en route, suggested Smith had let frustration get the better of him so had bent the rules.
Hopkins, who in the harvest time of his 28-year profession added light heavyweight world titles to his record, turning into the most seasoned worldwide champion at 49 years old, said a while later that he might have sustained a sprained ankle in the fall.
Furthermore, claimed Smith Jr had overstepped the mark.
The former world champion received medical attention before speaking to the reporters.
“It was like a body push with an elbow or forearm,” Hopkins said. “I think Joe got somewhat frustrated.
“I can see a 27-year-old guy who can punch, big, high, and you’re in there with a guy who’s 51 years old. He’s supposed to be baffled, and he’s not blown me out, so I think he got frustrated and did what he could do.
“Am I ok with it? Am I at peace with it? No. Moreover, am I going to blabber about it for the rest of the year? No.