RESULTS ROUND-UP: HOPE, PRYCE AND PACE

Merthyr’s middleweight Kerry Hope (19-6, 1KO) was narrowly edged out by Ireland’s Eamonn O’Kane (11-1, 3KO) in Belfast last night, via a Unanimous Decision in Belfast. The battle for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title was back and forth throughout. After a nip and tuck tight opening, it appeared to be even but Hope lost his way in the middle rounds and looked on the edge of being pulled out. Both men were cut and with four rounds left, Hope needed to win every session and he almost did as he pushed O’Kane to the edge with the Ulsterman appearing ready to go numerous times. However, it wasn’t to be and O’Kane hung on with all three judges considering him the winner. The 114-113 scorecard was fair, 116-112 card kind and the 118-111 card embarrassing. Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce’s (34-14, 18KO) new chapter with trainer Jamie Arthur suffered a blow as he lost a wide unanimous points decision to Torben Keller (9-0-1, 2KO) in Denmark last night. Pryce (10st 10lbs 4oz) had wanted to stay at welterweight following his win over Michael Lomax in June but a lack of opportunities and willing opponents forced his return to light-middleweight. The judges scored the ten rounder 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 to Keller (10st 13lbs 8oz). On the same show in Denmark, Talbot Green’s Tony ‘The Snake’ Pace (4-5-1) returned from an eight month absence to take a Majority Draw against Sweden’s former Olympian Anthony Yigit (5-0-1, 1KO). Boxing had been banned in Sweden until 2007 and Yigit (9st 13lbs) is one of the countries hottest prospects which makes Pace’s (10st) performance all the more impressive. The judges scored the bout 57-57, 57-57 and 56-59 to Yigit.

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