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Bernard Hopkins knocked out through ropes in final fight

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While one retirement fight got its storybook ending this weekend, the other most certainly did not.

At the age of 51, legendary boxing champion Bernard Hopkins suffered the first knockout loss of his 28-year career on Saturday night -- and it was a bad one.

Midway through the eighth round of his farewell fight, Hopkins (55-8-2, 2 NC) ate a big flurry of punches from Joe Smith Jr. and toppled out of the ring. He was eventually counted out on his feet, ending his bid for the WBC International light heavyweight title. Watch video of the finish below, courtesy of HBO Boxing.