Daniel Cope takes on “Lethal” test against Dan Little at Hartlepool boxing sow

UP FOR THE FIGHT: Daniel Cope. Picture by JOE SPENCE

UP FOR THE FIGHT: Daniel Cope. Picture by JOE SPENCE

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DANIEL Cope will look to take out the frustration of a missed North-East derby on Borough Hall opponent Dan Little.

The Hartlepool fighter has been matched with the Yorkshireman, known as “Lethal”, on the return of pro boxing to the Headland venue after three years.

I’ve not seen any videos or anything of Dan but I believe he likes to come forward and fight

DANIEL COPE

Cope had, of course, pinned his hopes on a re-match with Tom Whitfield for the Northern Area title after the Birtley boxer inflicted his first defeat back in March.

Not even promoter Phil Jeffries could tempt Whitfield to Hartlepool, so the eldest of the Cope fighting clan must be content with a clash with the all-action Little.

“I’d have loved to have fought Tom at the Borough Hall,” said the 24-year-old.

“I don’t understand why Tom won’t fight me?

“He reckoned he won five of the six rounds when we boxed at Rainton Meadows!

“I think if I’d beaten someone by five rounds to one, I’d take the fight again.

“It sounds like an easy night doesn’t it, but Tom won’t come.”

The Gus Robinson Developments fighter says a scrap with Little is a good consolation, especially as it’s going to be in front of their Hartlepool fans.

Both rivals love a “tear up” and Cope says that’s what the Driffield boxer will get.

“Yes, I’m looking forward to it,” he told SportMail.

“I’m still a bit disappointed [with the Whitfield fight] and, to be honest, will probably always be disappointed.

“But I was back in the gym the week after getting ready for this show because I knew it was coming up.

“I only had a week off and I was back at work looking to improve.

“I’ve not seen any videos or anything of Dan but I believe he likes to come forward and fight. I didn’t box at my best last time and I didn’t stick to the game plan, it turned into a tear up.

“It should be good and think this may be a tear up if what they say about Little is right.

“I don’t think the fans will complain.”

And Daniel said he is looking forward to starring on a 10-contest bill alongside brother, Peter.

The lightweight, who has won 10 of his 12 pro bouts, is looking to bounce back from a defeat himself.

Peter Cope, beaten last time out by Andy Townend in Doncaster, faces Lee Connelly over six rounds.

And Daniel paid tribute to the fans of the “Barmy Army”.

“The support has been superb and I’d like to thank the people for getting behind me and Peter again,” he said.

For ticket info, call Peter on 07815 991247