Word is Kerry Hope isn’t returning to John Tandy’s boxing camp in Big Bear, California.
But don’t despair for the Welsh junior middleweight, because he isn’t giving up on boxing altogether – “Kerry stayed home because he wasn’t happy having a promoter and he can make more money back home,” my source explains. Another issue is Hope’s distaste for fighting in his opponents’ hometowns. “Over here you’ve got to go into the hometown of the kid you’re fighting. That is a hard thing…he gets good money [in the UK]; he’s a big name back home.”
So Talon Boxing goes on without Hope. In camp now are Yusaf Mack, Prince Badi Ajamu, James Todd, and Kris Andrews. The camp’s agenda is to get Mack (28-2 with 17 kayos) prepared for his January 30th match with former world champ Glen Johnson while Todd readies himself for a return to action against 7-7 Ali Tareh on February 19th in Tampa, Florida. Ajamu is sparring with Mack, and Andrews, a 15-8 light middleweight from Edmonton, doesn’t currently have a fight scheduled.