Living legend and former two-division world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7 2, 32 KOs) was recognized by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney with an honorary ceremonial Liberty Bell to commemorate his final career fight against Joe Smith, Jr. for the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship set for Saturday, December 17 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, joined Hopkins and Mayor Kenney to celebrate the former’s legendary career that spans four decades.
Following the presentation with Mayor Kenney, Hopkins hosted a media workout in Philadelphia at Joe Hand Boxing Gym ahead of his “Final 1” 12-round fight with Joe Smith, Jr. for the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship set for Saturday, December 17 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles. The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
Hopkins was joined by his head trainer John David Jackson and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya at Joe Hand Boxing Gym for the media workout. Below are select photos from today’s events in Philadelphia:
Hopkins vs. Smith takes place Saturday, December 17 on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT from the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles.
Hopkins vs. Smith is a 12-round WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. Diaz vs. Garcia is a 10-round NABF featherweight title match presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Usyk vs. Mchunuis a 12-round WBO Cruiserweight World Title battle presented by K2 Promotions in association with Main Events. The event is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will be televised live on Saturday December 17, 2016 from Inglewood, California’s “Fabulous” Forum on HBO’s flagship series beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets for Hopkins vs. Smith are now on sale and are priced at $25, $50, $75, $105 and $205, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box Office (Monday through Friday 11:00am PST to 7:00pm PST) at (310) 330-7300. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com.