HARTLEPOOL boxing has two new professional talents in its ranks.
Welterweights Danny Cope and Anth Hardy have signed pro deals with Gus Robinson Developments and “can’t wait” to get through the ropes to “get started”.
Cope, 22, has been part of the West View Road camp for some time as a star of the Gus Robinson Amateur gym, while 21-year-old Hardy has joined from Horden Sportsman ABC.
Head coach – and dad of Danny – Peter Cope told SportMail he was thrilled to have two bright “young talents” join an already highly-gifted team.
“I’m very excited,” said Peter Cope, who likens Hardy to former light-welterweight star Nigel Wright.
“Anth has trained with us for a while and I’ve been very impressed.
“He’s had 50-odd amateur fights and has done pretty well.
“I’d say Anth is similar in style to Nigel – he’s a southpaw and a good back-foot boxer.
“His commitment is second to none – he’s a good trainer and listener, he takes everything in which is important. He’s blended in very well.
“He’s got loads of potential and he’ll make his debut at the Summer Rumble on July 7. I think the fans will enjoy watching him.
“It’s great to have two more young talents in our gym.
“Daniel wanted to go pro earlier but I suggested it might be better if he had another season in the amateurs.
“Unfortunately he was injured at the end of last season and that kept him out until February.
“But he’s come over now [to the professional camp].
“Like Anth, I think Daniel has the potential to do well.
“I think his style is suited to the pros. We have worked on making him a more solid fighter and he is very heavy handed, he can knock people out.
“He has trained like a pro for a while so this has just been a natural step for him.
“But he is still relatively inexperienced - he’s had less than 30 contests - so we are in no rush.
“Both of them can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to it as much as they are.”
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