By Tommy ‘Guru’ Allan
I woke up this morning to some shocking news that former two weight champion and pound-for-pound king Bernard Hopkins had been knocked out of the ring almost unconscious by little known opponent, Joe Smith Jr.
Hopkins even at 51-years-old would still have been viewed by everyone as one of the most durable fighters in the sport so that makes the ending even more shocking.
Smith Jr who was coming off another upset win over Light Heavyweight contender Andrezj Fonfara trapped Hopkins against the ropes in the 8th round before unleashing a barrage of clean, precision, power punches – that knocked Hopkins through the ropes and sent him to hell. The ending was spectacular! If you haven’t seen it, go now.
Just when I’m writing this though I’m seeing Hopkins is saying he was pushed out of the ring by Smith Jr..
If push means almost clubbed to death then yes, Bernard – You were pushed out of the ring.
This is one thing about Hopkins that has always irked me. There’s no doubting he’ll leave the sport as a great but the mans always been a terrible loser. Roy Jones beat him because he was green, Joe Calzaghe beat him because he had a thyroid problem, Jermain Taylor never actually beat him, Pascal hit him behind the head in their draw and obviously he had the built in excuse of age against Kovalev.
I’ve never been a big Hopkins fan.. Quite frankly I never liked his style or his racist mouth. It’s safe to say I’ll be watching this “push” a few times today and over the Christmas period.
Congratulations to Joe Smith Jr – I’m looking forward to seeing more in 2017.