This upcoming fight for Bernard Hopkins against Joe Smith Jr. will be considered his “farewell” to the sport of boxing, and the betting odds are already out for this historic event on December 17, in Inglewood, California.
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Early betting odds have Bernard Hopkins as the (-265) favorite, while Joe Smith Jr. is the (+205) underdog at Bovada boxing.
Although Hopkins has announced his retirement before, it really does look like this will be his last fight. Most recently, Hopkins lasted the distance with the dangerous Sergey Kovalev, which was an impressive feat at his age, though all fighters would like to go out with a win.
His opponent, Joe Smith Jr, recently made his name known amongst boxing fans with he knocked out Andrzej Fonfara in a major upset. So, Hopkins is not taking a pushover opponent in his farewell fight.
However, Hopkins is a cagey veteran and if he can neutralize the hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev, you would think that he can avoid being knocked out by Joe Smith Jr.