Hopkins confirms retirement plans after Smith fight

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Former world champion Bernard Hopkins insists he still intends to retire after facing fellow American Joe Smith Jr later this month.

Hopkins will bring the curtain down on his glittering career after he goes head-to-head with WBC International light heavyweight champion Smith on December 17.

The American is a former undisputed middleweight and light heavyweight world champion, and at 46, became the oldest boxer to lift a world title.

But at 51, Hopkins believes the time is right to bring the curtain down on his career, even if he is looking to go out with a bang in his final fight.

“I believe timing and my calculation of my career — I proved a whole bunch of people wrong, as you know,” he said.

“And so it gets to a point, where after December 17 there’s nothing to prove.

“When I’m done, there’s no stone that hasn’t been unturned. There will be no regrets. There will be no, ‘Oh, I should have done this or done that'.

“I want to put on a performance where you all will ask me and beg me to stay.

“But I won’t. That’s the challenge that I have to meet.”