Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight
Who won Hopkins vs Smith Jr?
Joe Smith Jr beat Bernard Hopkins by knockout in the 8th round on Saturday 17th December 2016 at Forum in Inglewood.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
Hopkins vs Smith Jr stats
Bernard Hopkins stepped into the ring with a record of 55 wins, 7 loses and 2 draws, 32 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Joe Smith Jr made his way to the ring with a record of 22 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 18 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Smith Jr had a large advantage in power over Hopkins, boosting at 82% knock out percentage over Hopkins' 58%.
Bernard Hopkins was the older man by 25 years, at 57 years old.
Hopkins had a height advantage of 1 inch over Smith Jr.
Both Bernard Hopkins & Joe Smith Jr fought out of an orthodox stance.
Hopkins was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 41 more fights, and made his debut in 1988, 21 years earlier than Smith Jr, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 370 more professional rounds, 514 to Smith Jr's 144.
Hopkins vs Smith Jr form
Smith Jr had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Andrzej Fonfara on 18th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Fabiano Pena on 23rd April 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Paramount Theatre, Huntington.
Going into that contest, he had won against Will Rosinsky on 5th December 2015 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Barclays Center, New York.
Before that, he had beat Shujaa El Amin on 11th September 2015 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Paramount Theatre, Huntington.
Hehad defeated Cory Cummings on 18th April 2015 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Paramount Theatre, Huntington.
Hopkins' last 2 fights had come over a period of 17 years, 8 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 years, 10 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.5 rounds on average.
Smith Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 1 month and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 5 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 24 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.8 rounds on average.
What time did Hopkins vs Smith Jr start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at Forum, Inglewood, United States, which was around 4:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Hopkins vs Smith Jr?
Bernard Hopkins was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Joe Smith Jr made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.