Bernard Hopkins is set to fight one last time in the squared circle, closing out his legendary boxing career, but he wants everyone to know he is bringing some old flair with him.
Hopkins is set to face Joe Smith Jr. on Dec. 17, just one month before he is to turn 52-years-old.
His ability to compete at the highest level in the sport, despite his old age, was the inspiration behind the nickname he has used for the last several years: “The Alien.”
He credits a meeting with his doctor some years back who stated Hopkins must have alien blood to still be doing what he is doing in boxing at such an advanced age.
Hopkins, though, is entering the ring one last time not with the mindset he has for the last several years, but adopting the mindset of who he saw himself as before that.
“While ‘The Alien’ may be retired, ‘The Executioner’ has one fight left, and Joe Smith Jr., is going to find out the hard way how well prepared I am for my final fight,” Hopkins said, via ESPN. “A lot of people will focus on my age, the history of my run in the sport, the titles, etc., but I’m focused on one thing — knocking Joe Smith out.”
Much like he wore an alien mask to the ring when he adopted that nickname, he too dressed the part when he went by “The Executioner.”
The bout against Smith will be fight No. 67 in a pro career that began back in 1988.
Hopkins enters the bout with a 55-7-2 (2 NC) pro record, and Smith with 22-1.