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Gzergorz Proksa Stops Kerry Hope in Eight For Revenge

By Alexey Sukachev

Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield - Revenge was very sweet for the new (and old) European middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KOs) of Poland, who stopped unlikely overachiever Kerry Hope (17-4, 1 KO) in round eight of a heated rematch with a crushing right hook, four months after his upset loss to the same opponent.

The fight was very awkward and dirty from the start. Feather-fisted Hope offered his character, his determination and roughhouse tactics in exchange for Proksa's elusive moves, punching power and unorthodox approach. With his hand down, the Polish version of Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez looked to be an easy target but this time he was way better on the defensive then in their first meeting. Even when Hope was able to start unleashing punches, Proksa ducked about 90% of them and easily smoothered the rest. Hope ate way harder blows but was competitive all way through until round eight. The end came with just a second remaining in the round.

Hope was the higher ranked fighter, coming in, being WBA #3, IBF #7, WBO #9 and WBC #14 ranked, while Proksa was rated #9 by the WBO. Proksa confirmed his interest in fighting Darren Barker afterwards in a post-fight quickie.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vacon04 on 07-07-2012

Proksa still needs a little more experience. Martinez wasn't as good when he was younger, but he's a lot better now after gaining more experience. His style is a lot like Martinez's, but it's also a difficult style to master…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 07-07-2012

Proksa is a lot of style but questionable substance Though he was a bit more disciplined at least for him but he doesn't keep distance well for a guy who uses that kinda leaky D

Comment by Light_Speed on 07-07-2012

That's what he would have done the first time without the cut. Now it's time to move on to bigger and better things.

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 07-07-2012

I gave Hope round 6 and the rest was all Proksa. I wonder how the judges had it this time.

Comment by Cazadores on 07-07-2012

[QUOTE=warp1432;12311817]How'd he look?[/QUOTE] He looked great. He seriously fight exactly like Sergio Martinez.

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