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Boxing veteran Bernard Hopkins’ 28-year boxing career came to an end when Joe Smith Jr. defeated him on Saturday night.

The 51-year-old tasted defeat when he was knocked down in the eighth round of the bout.

The match which marked his last in the boxing world ended in the 53rd second of the eight round when the veteran couldn’t recover from series punches landed by his opponent Smith Jr. Due to the resultant effect of the punches and Hopkins inability to return to the ring referee, Jack Reiss halted proceedings via technical knockout, awarding victory to his opponent. Hopkins had this to say about the bout: "I'm still in shock, this is my last fight, and I promised it would be, and you come to that point in life where it is final, and I'm happy with my retirement.” He added that his opponent Smith is a tough and heavy hitting fighter.

Hopkins who was nicknamed “The Executioner” throughout his professional career exited the boxing scene with an impressive record of 55-8-2 which included a staggering 32 KO’s.

His boxing career is filled with unforgettable achievements other boxers can only dream of. The executioner as he is fondly referred to successfully defended his middleweight title on 20 different occasions and in 2013 made history when he became the oldest boxer to win an IBF light heavyweight title having defeated Tavoris Cloud in 2013.

Although the 56-year-old boxer wanted to exit the boxing scene in spectacular fashion by winning Smith Jr, he bowed out of boxing with a loss he would live to remember. Having said an emotional goodbye to his fans, Hopkins will now take some time off to recover from the injuries he sustained in his final professional boxing match.