Career Snapshot: Maurice Hope – British, Commonwealth, European & World Champion
Maurice Hope was born on the 6th of December 1951 and came to the UK from St Johns in Antigua and Barbuda.
He settled immediately in the borough of Hackney in London’s East End and while studying hard at school, he also made time to enroll with GB’s famous Repton Amateur Boxing Club. After a long-standing career in the ABA’s, he paved his way into the professional game in 1973.
Having his first fight against John Smith and his last in 1982, he amassed a staggering 30 wins 24 wins by KO. 4 losses and 1 draw.
Between 1973 and 1982, Maurice did what most couldn’t; he became a British, Commonwealth (British Empire) European & WBC World Light Middleweight Champion.
It was then a bit of a shock to bump into him while I was MC for Braunstone Amateur Boxing Club event. He had popped up to Leicester to support some of the clubs boxers on the show and I was so happy to chat to him and introduce him to a full house of standing fight fans.
Still looking in fantastic shape and about 30, he has looked after himself still and constantly still trains 2 to 3 times a week.
Maurice is now an adviser and coach at the Repton Boxing Club.