Kerry Hope signs with Xcite Fight Promotions

BRISBANE based promotional outfit Xcite Fight Promotions have announced the signing of former European middleweight champion Kerry Hope.

The proud Welshman recently relocated to Brisbane and is now under the tutelage of accomplished trainer Gareth Williams. Sporting a record of 20 wins and 7 defeats, he has his sights firmly set on the Pacific region’s top middleweights.

“Firstly, I’m very happy to have signed with Xcite Fight Promotions,” said Hope in a press release issued by Xcite Fight Promotions. “I am looking forward to the next chapter in my career,”

“I’d like a couple of fights to just shake off the rust and then move onto fights that can be easily made, such as Les Sherrington, Gunnar Jackson and Jarrod Fletcher.”

“Of course my aim has to be the best middleweights in Australia – such as Daniel Geale and Sam Soliman – but realistically they are a few fights away.”

The 33-year-old southpaw caused a major boilover in 2012 when he outpointed former world titles challenger Grzegorz Proksa for the European crown on the Kell Brook vs. Matthew Hatton undercard.

“That fight shows what I’m capable of with the right preparation and that I’m not fazed at all by taking big fights,” said Hope. “Proksa went on to beat me in a rematch before challenging Gennady Golovkin for the world title,”

“Moving to Australia has reignited my love for the sport and I’m really looking forward to boxing in front of Aussie fans and hopefully building a following out here,”

“The move to Australia with my family is one of the best things I’ve ever done,” added Hope. “It was tough saying goodbye to family and friends in Wales but this is an exciting time for me, in both my life and my boxing career,” said Hope.

“I’ve been back in the gym for a while, getting back into shape and I can’t wait to hit the ground running,”

Hope’s sentiments were echoed by his new manager Matt Clark, who was full of praise of his recently signed fighter.

“I’m delighted to have signed Kerry and I am look forward to guiding him over the next few years,” stated Clark. “He’s a classy operator who has been ranked as high as number four in the world by the WBA. It will be interesting to see how many Aussies are keen to take him on,”

“The 160lbs division in Australia is pretty stacked right now and Kerry is keen to get right in amongst it. He’s putting everyone in the division on notice and I think Aussie fight fans will be happy to have such a classy addition to the fight scene,”

Words: Press Release
Photo: Alex Wierzbicki



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