Results Round-Up: Jenkins, Pryce and Hope winless on the road
Garnant’s Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (16-2-1, 8KO) was controversially edged out against the once-beaten Phil Sutcliffe Jnr (12-1, 7KO) in Belfast.
The 10-round super-lightweight contest was Fight of the Night on Frank Warren’s show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, put together by Macklin’s Gym Marbella.
Irish referee Hugh Russell Jnr somehow scored the contest in favour of Sutcliffe by a shocking 98-93 scoreline to the dismay of the Welshman’s team. Jenkins was dropped in the opening round but settled down and seemed to control Sutcliffe’s danger, before coming on strong in the second half of the fight.
On the same night in Ireland, the three-fight winning streak of Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (38-21, 20KO) came to an end 100 miles away in Dublin.
The former Commonwealth champion was dropped and out-pointed by Luke Keeler (11-2, 5KO) in their eight round fight, which was scored 78-73 and had the lightly regarded Boxing Union of Ireland (BUI) Celtic Nations title on the line.
Pryce, a natural super-welterweight, agreed to the fight at the middleweight limit but Keeler came in overweight and it was switched to a super-middleweight contest at the last minute.
It was the 59th fight of Pryce’s career and he now has more fights on his ledger than any other active Welshman. Infamous referee and judge Mickey Vann officiated proceedings and it was his final bout, having decided to hang up his dickey bow at 72-years-old.
Merthyr Tydfil’s middleweight Kerry ‘The Great’ Hope (23-9, 2KO) has retired from an 11-year professional career.
The 35-year-old’s last outing was a competitive scrap Australian banger Billy Akkawy (14-0-1, 12KO). However, when Hope’s corner realised he’d broken his jaw, they withdrew him after seven rounds. It brought an end to the southpaw’s Ozzie adventure in the ring, having resettled down under in 2014.
Hope has had several eventful experiences that have included fights in Britain, America, Australia, China and India. The undisputed highlight of Hope’s career was an upset of formidable European champion Grzegorz Proksa in 2013.
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