Results round-up: Hope and Weetch win in Oz, Churcher continues comeback

Results round-up: Hope and Weetch win in Oz, Churcher continues comeback

Yesterday, Merthyr Tydfil’s Kerry Hope (21-7, 2KO) recorded the first win of his new Australian venture with a quick fire victory over Indonesia’s Jamed Jalarante (23-18-1, 11KO). The 33-year-old southpaw needed just two minutes and 42 seconds of the opening round to dismiss Jalarante in Queensland. The knockout was just the second stoppage win of Hope’s ten-year career. It was Hope’s first fight since moving his family 10,000 miles away to Brisbane and linking up with Gareth Williams and Matt Clark, trainer and manager respectively. After ending 14 months of inactivity, the Welshman already has another date lined up in just four weeks. XCite Fight Promotions will stage Hope’s bid to add the WBO Asia Pacific belt to his trophy cabinet, which also includes a European title, when he faces Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9KO) on 19 June. Meanwhile in New South Wales, another Welshman was in action as Cwmcarn’s Jamie Weetch (6-2, 4KO) recorded the best win of his career. Weetch, who won Welsh ABA titles at Youth and Schoolboy level, out-pointed Wade Ryan in his hometown over eight rounds in the super-middleweight division. Under the guidance of Justin Lacey, Weetch has now won three fights in the space of three months, including a West Australia State title win. There are plans for Weetch to have another fight before he briefly returns to Wales in June. Last night in Liverpool, Newport’s Lee ‘Lights Out’ Churcher (12-3-1, 3KO) continued his comeback by gaining another four rounds under his belt. The former Welsh Area and British Masters middleweight champion dropped Andrejs Loginovs (16-38-1, 9KO) in round two but settled for a 40-35 points victory on Vaughan Boxing’s ‘New Era’ show. The win was Churcher’s second in two months and the 34-year-old’s now on a six fight winning streak. Churcher continues to compete under the jurisdiction of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) while his British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) license is suspended. In January 2013, Churcher was sentenced for four years in prison after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine. He served 21 months of his sentence and was released in September but won’t be relicensed by the BBBoC until he serves his probation period.  

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