Titles: WBC jr. middleweight champion 1977-1981 Record: 30-4-1 Born: December 6, 1951 in Antigua, West Indies Years active: 1973-1982 Nickname: None Hope was a phsiycially strong boxer puncher who was such a good prospect that in his first seven years of boxing a third of his fights were for a title of some kind. Born on the Caribbean island of Antigua Hope said he always regarded England as "The country that made me", he was also lucky to come into the sport when the jr. middleweight division was first introduced as he could not loose the weight to make welterweight without draining himself and he was just not big enough to beat the middleweights This was the case when he challenged Bunny Sterling for British middleweight honors and Sterling could absorb the power shots of Hope who was still learning the skills that would make him a champion. Hope won his first significant fight when he defeated Italian tough man Vito Antufermo via a 15 round TKO in the European jr. middleweights champions home town. The power of Hope proved to be the difference as he worn the Italian down with a great body attack. The dream of winning a world title was setback when he lost a very controversial decision to Eckhardt Dagge in Germany, most unbiased observers had Hope winning. It took two years for Hope to get another title shot and he would face another Italian Rocky Mattioli. It was no contest as Hope floored the champion in the first round and ripped the title away in 8 one sided rounds. Hope defended the title five times over the next four years against the likes of Mike Baker, a rematch with Mattinoli and the very talented Argentine Carlos Herrera. It took the former child prodigy Wilfred Benitez to defeat him. The fight in Las Vegas was even going into the 10th round when Benitez knocked Hope down and 2 rounds later finished the champion off with a beautiful left hook leaving Hope unconscious for 4 minutes. It was the kind of fight that ruins careers, and after Hope lost his next fight by split decision to Luigi Minchello for the European jr. middleweight title he retired from the ring and never came back.