PROMOTER Phil Jeffries hailed the “great attitude” of boxer Daniel Cope on the eve of the Hartlepool boxer’s professional debut.
Cope is making a late start to his pro career after needing laser eye surgery in order to meet the requirements of the British Boxing Board of Control’s stringent medical.
The 24-year-old has passed that test but now has a ring test to pass at Summer Rumble 4 on Sunday.
And he has a new opponent at the Stadium of Light spectacular – rugged Scotsman JP McGuinness.
Cope – whose younger brother Peter challenges for the English super-featherweight title on Wednesday – had been due to take on Andy Collins in Sunderland.
But the Catterick fighter pulled out yesterday with the matchmaker managing to pull in an opponent at the 11th hour – McGuinness coming to Wearside with a record of one fight, one win.
“Daniel Cope has a great attitude and I hope he goes far,” said Jeffries. “You get some kids wanting wins put on a plate for them.
“Some boxers and their managers say to me ‘We don’t want to box A or B’ and that type of thing.
“But Copey has now accepted his second unbeaten opponent after the first one pulled out.
“I’ve said for ages that I want 50-50 fights on my shows and he’s willing to get in and give it a go. Full credit to him.”
McGuinness looks a tough opponent. The 25-year-old, from Bellshill, lost opnly one round in defeat Bulgarian Teodor Stefanov in Motherwell on his debut.
Daniel’s Gus Robinson Developments team-mate Anth Hardy fights against Barnsley’s Jamie Zaszlos on the seven-fight bill which is headlined by Jonson McClumpha’s attempt to win the vacant International Masters middleweight belt.
Tickets are available on the day at the Stadium Of Light, where doors will open at noon with boxing due to start at 2pm.