PETER Cope has entered the “biggest week” of his boxing life.
The Hartlepool coach has two fighters in action at the Stadium of Light this Sunday at the Summer Rumble and next Wednesday is looking to win the English title.
Cope has been involved in some huge occasions in the past,
The 49-year-old led Ian Cooper, Michael Hunter and Alan Temple to ABA titles, coached Nigel Wright (pictured above) to the English title and to British and Commonwealth championship challenges.
He was also involved in preparing world-class Gus Robinson-managed middleweight Geard Ajetovic for his IBO title shot in Australia.
They are just the tip of the iceberg – the trainer has won countless big contests over the decades. But this is a slightly “different ballgame” for the Gus Robinson Developments head coach.
Eldest active boxing son, Daniel, is making his pro debut in Sunderland this weekend when he faces Scotland’s JP McGuinness on the show which also includes team-mate Anth Hardy.
And then next Wednesday, Peter Cope Jnr will challenge for the vacant English super-featherweight title in London against unbeaten cockney, Mitch Smith.
“I’ve had many years in the sport and I’ve been fortunate to have had a few wins along the way,” he told SportMail.
“But I’ve got two lads on at the Rumble and next Wednesday I’m in London for Peter’s title fight.
“It’s probably the biggest week of my life, where boxing is concerned.
“Any title contest is huge, but when it’s your own son fighting for it, it’s a different ball game.
“I’m Peter’s coach and dad and this is a massive opportunity for him.
“I never encouraged Peter or any of my boys to box – he started to come down the gym in his mid-teens.
“The speed of his progress has been amazing. He did really well in the amateurs and credit must go to the coaches, Tony Martin and Wayne Short.
“He won a Junior ABA title and got to other finals and he’s taken to the pro game like a duck to water.
“To get to this point now after 40 fights, amateur and pro, is a testament to Peter and his talent and dedication.
“But it’s more than just about me or him.
“Everyone at Gus Robinson Developments has worked so hard – coaches Alan Temple and Tony [Cope), Daniel Robinson and [fitness and conditioning coach] Mari Rath and many more.”
But first for the coach is Daniel’s first bout at the Stadium of Light this Sunday when Hardy is also in action, against Jamie Zaszlos.
“It’s been a good experience for all of us,” said Cope Snr.
“Now, we just can’t wait for it all to happen.
“I’m excited by Daniel’s fight, he’s up against a lad who’s had one fight and won it.
“He’s trained really well and I am looking forward to seeing him perform.
“Anth has impressed me the most in the gym – Peter doesn’t mess about in sparring but Anth has done really well.
“I’m looking for a good performance from him.”
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