Bernard Hopkins to fight once more, Salido-Miura cancelled
October 18, 2016
51 year old Bernard Hopkins will box one more time on December 17th.
According to Boxing News, his bout will be against New York native Joe Smith (21-1, 18 KOs), and will take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California. It will not be a title fight.
Hopkins’ last fight was a one-sided affair against Sergey Kovalev, where “The Alien” lost every round. He was, however, the first fighter to take Kovalev past eight rounds.
Joe Smith’s last fight was a first round KO of former WBC International light heavyweight champion, Andrezj Fonfara.
“For any generation and in any sport, Bernard Hopkins is an athletic marvel who has defied time and the odds as deftly as he has his critics, and he returns to HBO for the 23rd time when he faces Joe Smith in the iconic setting of the Forum in Inglewood, CA,” said Peter Nelson, executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “Bernard’s mark on the sport is already an indelible one, and one day he’ll be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Dec. 17 will be a memorable night of boxing for everybody associated with Team Hopkins, and we are excited to telecast his farewell fight.”
This fight was supposed to be on the undercard of Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura, but that fight has unfortunately been cancelled. Salido has a back injury and was advised by his team to sit out the rest of the year.
“It’s something with the sciatic nerve,” said Golden Boy president Eric Gomez to RingTV.com. “He started working out and getting ready for the fight and he had pain. He went to get it checked out and the doctor recommended that he doesn’t fight.”
That was sure to be an exciting fight, as Miura and Salido are two of the most fun fighters to watch today. Maybe they will do it at a later date.