Boxing coach Cope hopes for a great day

Home and Away: Trainer Peter Cope Snr, whose sons Danny (left) and Peter both fight on Saturday night but at opposite ends of the country.

Home and Away: Trainer Peter Cope Snr, whose sons Danny (left) and Peter both fight on Saturday night but at opposite ends of the country.

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BOXING coach Peter Cope hopes one of the darkest times of his life is followed by one of his “greatest days”.

Cope has suffered the shock and distress of the sudden and tragic loss of his manager and mentor, Gus Robinson, three weeks ago, and then the collapse of Nigel Wright’s British title bid.

Wright should have been challenging Ashley Theophane at Peterlee Leisure Centre tonight when the talented boxer planned to deliver Gus’s first Lonsdale Belt.

But a problem with Wright’s brain scan forced him to pull out.

However, two of Cope’s four boxing sons can give the trainer and local boxing a lift by achieving a double tonight in the professional and amateur arenas.

Peter Cope Jnr boxes Chuck Jones at Peterlee Leisure Centre while 324 miles away in Portsmouth, elder brother Danny goes for gold in the ABA Novices Championship final against Ronnie Nwkakeze.

“I’m proud of all my children,” said Peter Snr, who has nine sons and five daughters.

“If Daniel and Peter both win tonight it will be one of the greatest days of my life.”

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