Hope tops Welsh Pride before meeting Eubank Jnr.
Three weeks prior to a meeting with Chris Eubank Jnr in London, Merthyr Tydfil’s former European light middleweight champion Kerry Hope will be looking to add his picture to the local boxing hall of fame along with the likes of Howard Winstone, Jimmy Wilde and Johnny Owen when he takes on Cardiff’s Frankie Borg at the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre for the Welsh area middleweight strap.
Merthyr has been labelled the home of Welsh boxing, having produced many champions over the years. The town features statues of the famed featherweight Howard Winstone, who won the world title after three attempts and also the tragic figure of Johnny Owen who was sadly killed in the ring during a world title fight against the fearsome Lupe Pintor.
Making your way into the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre, you are presented with a plaque commemorating the region's boxing hall of fame.
Hope was last out on the undercard of Lee Selby v Rendall Munroe at Cardfiff''s Motorpoint Arena in February, recording a narrow six round win over Bangor's Paul Moffet. Frankie Borg was last out in November, suffering a sixth round stoppage at the hands of Eubank Jnr.
The ‘Welsh Pride’ show's main event will be shown live on Eurosport at 9pm. As well as Hope v Borg, Cefn Fforest’s Robbie Turley returns to action after a near three year absence from professional boxing.
In 2012, a routine brain scan found a microscopic amount of blood on a pineal cyst in Turley’s brain, which caused the Board to take action, but neurosurgeons have since insisted there is no risk to his health.
Turley will face South African Michael Ramabeletsa over six rounds. Also on the card is Swansea’s unbeaten light welter Chris Jenkins.
The weigh in will take place at the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre at 3pm on Thursday. All public are welcome to attend. Boxing gets underway on Friday at 6.30pm.