Bernard Hopkins, a month short of his 52nd birthday and taking an interest in the 67th and last battle of a vocation that started when Ronald Reagan was president and the prior year Smith was conceived, arrived on his head however whined of a lower leg damage and was not able proceed.
Cruiserweight world titleholder Oleksandr Usyk dropped kindred southpaw Thabiso Mchunu three circumstances on the way to a ninth-round knockout triumph to hold his 200-pound belt.
Ref Jack Reiss managed a 20-check, just like the boxing standard when a contender is shot out from the ring. At the point when Hopkins couldn’t get once again into the ring in time, Reiss waved off the light heavyweight battle at 53 seconds, to the mistake of the vast majority of the 6,513 who ended up seeing whether Hopkins could go out with a win in his first battle in 25 months. On Nov. 8, 2014, the date of Hopkins’ earlier battle, he lost two light heavyweight world titles to Sergey Kovalev in an uneven choice in a unification battle.
While the outcome was a vocation making triumph for Smith, Hopkins’ hand-picked adversary for his profession finale, it was a disgraceful consummation for one of the best contenders in boxing history. Hopkins was the undisputed middleweight champion. He made a division-record 20 title safeguards, was a three-time light heavyweight titleholder and set a few age-related records, including turning into the most seasoned warrior to win a world title, first at age 46 and afterward again at 48.
Those are details that will be recalled when Hopkins (55-8-2, 2 no challenges, 32 KOs) goes into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, however the wild closure of this battle won’t soon be overlooked. In the eighth round, Smith got Hopkins along the ropes with a six-punch mix, including a completing left hand that got Hopkins as he was twisting around. Hopkins fell between the ropes and collided with the field floor.