After bringing an end to his three-decade career with a defeat to Joe Smith Jr, Bernard Hopkins spoke about the controversial ending in Saturday’s fight.
Smith landed a series of heavy blows to stop Hopkins in the eighth round of their contest and in turn, sent the 51-year-old through the ropes and out of the ring, with Hopkins claiming he was pushed.
“I remember bouncing off the ropes, using it as my defence to bounce off and look for a counter or a position,” he said speaking at the post-fight press conference.
“Then I just felt this body form or after-punch, like an elbow, push me through the ropes. There was nothing to grab, that’s all I remember.”
Hopkins was asked whether he underestimated Smith, whose WBC International Light-Heavyweight Title was on the line, but the Philadelphia fighter believed he was moving ahead in the bout.
“I knew he could punch - that’s one reason why I wanted to fight him. I think the momentum was clearly playing out into my hands.
“I believe if you look at the scorecards; one judge had it for me, one judge him and the other judge had it a draw. That doesn’t sound like a guy that’s blowing a 51-year-old out.”
Replays showed that Hopkins was not pushed out of the ring and it was a clean stoppage, but he reiterated his point after the fight, comparing it to a similar incident in 2004.
“What I can say is that I’m probably the only fighter in history to be pushed out of the ring by two fighters in my time in boxing - Robert Allen, which was a title defence and of course yesterday,” he added.
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