PETER Cope is ready for six of the best this Saturday – six hard rounds and a win to propel him up the British ratings.
The unbeaten Hartlepool boxer takes on former British, Commonwealth and World title challenger Sean “Short Fuse” Hughes in Newcastle in one of the main support bouts to the Martin Ward v Gabriel Laryea Commonwealth bantamweight title shoot-out.
“He’s been there and done it,” said the 22-year-old.
“I’m just the kid on the way up.
“This is a step up for me but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Hughes has always come up short in his title bids – suffering defeat in all five though it must be said that the winners were all from the highest class, including Hartlepool legend Michael Hunter.
But Cope admits six rounds with a man of the Pontefract southpaw’s calibre is just what he needs at this stage of his career.
The Gus Robinson Developments star laboured somewhat to a points success over Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain in July at the Summer Rumble.
“I need a challenge, I’m the type of lad who thrives on them,” said the crowd favourite.
“This is a step up for me and I need to perform and win.
“If, and hopefully when I do, then we can look to get things moving next year.
“I know I’m only young and my dad reminds me I’m only 22, but I’m in a rush.”
Cope will be backed, as ever, by a loud and clourful ‘Barmy Army’ at the Centre for Sport on Saturday night.
The southpaw treasures his fans, saying: “It’s unbelievable the suport I get, I couldn’t do it without them.
“I’d like to thank them. It costs a few quid to go to these things and I’m grateful for their backing.”
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