This time last year Thailand's Petchsuriya Singwancha (14-10, 8) was riding a career high. He had made the first defense of the WBC Youth Light Middleweight title, over-coming the touted Ryosuke Maruki, and had won 6 successive bouts to turn his record around. Since then however he has gone 3-2 (2) suffering stoppage losses to both Koki Tyson Maebara and Maruki, in a rematch.
The win some/lose some Thai will be looking to recapture his best form later this month when he takes on former European Middleweight champion Kerry Hope (22-7, 2) on a show in Hong Kong, a show headlined by popular local Rex Tso.
Hope, a Welshman now based in Australia, has won back-to-back bouts, including a notable decision win against Gunnar Jackson, as he has began to reinvent himself following a controversial loss to Franki Borg in a Welsh Area title bout in March 2014.
Although a light puncher Hope is a talented and gutsy fighter who came to the attention of the boxing world in 2012, when he upset the then rising Grzegorz Proksa. Since then however he has gone 5-4 (1) losing to Proksa in a rematch Darren Barker, Eamonn O'Kane and the aforementioned Borg.
Tghe winner of this bout will claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title, a belt that has previouslt been held by Dmitry Pirog, who subsequently went on to claim a world title before his career was cut short by recurring back problems.
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