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Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. Live Stream: How To Watch Online

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HBO Boxing/YouTube

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Tonight on HBO, we’ll witness the last fight of 51-year-old Bernard Hopkins’ illustrious career. Win, lose, or draw Hopkins says that he will hang up the boxing gloves after his bout with Joe Smith Jr. Let’s reflect on Hopkins’ Hall of Fame career, get familiar with Smith, and break down tonight’s historic matchup.

Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) made his professional debut all the way back in October of 1988, roughly a year before Smith was even born. Hopkins is one of the greatest boxers to ever step inside a ring, and he’s rewrote the record books with his remarkable achievements. The crafty technician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has held multiple world titles at both middleweight and light heavyweight. From 1995-2005, Hopkins held at least one middleweight belt, and he made a record-setting 20 successful middleweight title defenses.

In 2006, Hopkins would make the move to light heavyweight, beating Antonio Tarver by unanimous decision to win IBO and The Ring belts in his very first fight in the weight class. In 2011, he would break George Foreman’s record as the oldest man to ever win a world title, defeating Jean Pascal by unanimous decision at the ripe old age of 46. Later on, Hopkins would break his own record, winning a light heavyweight world title again at age 48.

As for Smith (22-1, 18 KOs), the Long Island, New York brawler might have scored the most shocking upset victory of 2016. Despite being a union laborer during the day and a boxer by night, Smith knocked out Andrzej Fonfara in the first round of their June 18 bout to become the WBC light heavyweight champion.

Of the other 22 guys Smith has previously fought, I haven’t heard of any of them and only two of them even have Wikipedia pages. In tonight’s bout, we’ll get to see if Smith is the real deal or if his win against Fonfara was a fluke. It will be youth vs. experience, offense vs. defense, and power-punching vs. counter-punching in a bout that is must-see television.


Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. Tale Of The Tape

Age: Hopkins (51), Smith (27)
Height: Hopkins (6’1″), Smith (6’0″)
Reach: Hopkins (75 in), Smith (73 in)
Weight: Hopkins (174 lb), Smith (174 lb)
Stance: Hopkins (Orthodox), Smith (Orthodox)


Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. Viewing Details

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Location: The Forum in Inglewood, California
TV Channel: HBO
Odds: Hopkins (-205), Smith (+167)


How To Watch Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. Live Stream Online

If you have an HBO cable subscription, just head on over to HBO GO, type in your cable or satellite provider information, and you’re all set.

If you have an internet-only subscription to HBO’s standalone streaming service HBO NOW, click the link to plug in your log-in information. You can also try out HBO NOW with a free month trial.


Stream Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. On Phone, Tablet & Other Devices

HBO GO has you covered with an app that’s available for download on a ton of different platforms. Here are the App StoreGoogle Play, Amazon, and Roku links, and you can check out a full list of compatible devices here by typing in your cable or satellite provider.

HBO NOW also has an app that can be downloaded a million different ways. Here are the App Store, Google Play, Amazon, and Roku links, and you can check out a full list of compatible devices here.

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