Following a two fight departure from British shores, Welsh Middleweight Kerry Hope will return to the consciousness of domestic audiences on Saturday the 18th December in a scheduled six round affair with Frenchman Bertrand Alloa.
Hope sees his imminent return to the prize ring as a welcome arrival. The man from Merthyr Tydfil was unsuccessful in his last professional outing, suffering a unanimous decision points defeat over American prospect Caleb Truax in Minnesota, USA last November.
Hope ventured up to unfamiliar territory for this assignment, weighing in at the Super-Middleweight limit of 12st even (168 lbs) a weight he admitted being uncomfortable with, though he had his motives; “I moved up to Super-Middle simply for the chance of fighting for the (WBF International) title as it was a good opportunity to take…to be honest I thought I won the fight so was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get the decision.”
From the above statement, one will naturally deduce that Hope will not have been totally satisfied with his American experience. There were some positive aspects in evidence from his comments however; “After leaving the Calzaghe stable, I was asked if I fancied going to America, I grabbed at the chance straight away…the sparring I got out there was brilliant and I learnt a lot from it”.
Asked about specific training for his upcoming battle with Alloa, Hope made it clear that his focus was on improvement of his strength, an attribute he feels will be greatly improved at Middleweight. “I boxed at light-Middleweight for a while, but that wasn’t good for my body and making the weight was difficult, which affected my performances. I think a return at Middleweight will be easier on my body and bring out the best in me”.
Hope remains optimistic about his future pugilistic ambitions and believes he is more than capable of achieving his goals: “I’ve had a few losses, but I don’t think that means much. At the moment it will just be great getting back into a ring after such a long time away from boxing ( a year), so I’m just looking forward to it, and then maybe a few fights down the line I’ll be ready for titles at Middleweight”.
Fans of Kerry Hope will be doing just as his surname intimates, hoping that his career resumes with a winning result at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan, Lancashire on Saturday 18th December. The mere fact of his inactivity alone will make for an interesting fistic fixture. Will the proverbial “ring rust” blight the Welshman’s showing? Kerry for one will certainly hope that this is not the case.
By Jamie Albrecht
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