Barker ends all Hope

  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 14:03 GMT

Darren Barker put himself back into the world title picture with a stunning fourth-round stoppage of an overmatched Kerry Hope.

Darren Barker was too strong for Kerry Hope
Darren Barker was too strong for Kerry Hope

Barker had been out of action for 14 months since his first professional loss against Sergio Martinez in October last year due to several injury problems and his timing looked slightly off in the opening round.

But the 30-year-old rocked his Welsh opponent in the third with a crisp one-two combination and an overhand right in the next put the feather-fisted Hope down, with his corner throwing in the towel shortly afterwards.

The Londoner improved his record to 24 wins with one defeat while Hope slipped to 18(1)-5.


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