DANIEL Cope will face a North-East derby when he makes his pro debut at the Summer Rumble.
The Hartlepool boxer has been matched with Catterick’s Andy Collins at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, July 13.
Cope is making his long-awaited first appearance in the pro ranks after leaving the amateur game 13 months ago.
His entrance has been delayed by laser eye surgery to correct a vision problem but now it is all systems go for the four-round contest in Sunderland.
It looks like being a lively start for ‘Dynamite’ Daniel – Collins has boxed only once, a points win over South Africa’s Bheki Moyo.
That victory for the 26-year-old in North Kesteven in Lincolnshire was 12 months ago so it would appear the battle in the open-air ring a week on Sunday will be an even one.
Cope, coached by dad Peter at the Gus Robinson Developments gym, is quietly confident his son can triumph.
“I don’t know a great deal about Collins, apart from the fact he’s won one from one,” said Peter.
“Daniel has been out a long time but he’s really impressed me in the gym.
“He knows it’s a big challenge for him.
“But he’s properly dedicated and he’s shown the right attitude and application.
“I’ve been over the moon with the way he’s adapted and can’t wait to see him take that into the ring.”
Cope’s fight with Collins is part of a two-pronged attack by the Gus Robinson Developments stable at the Stadium of Light.
He will be joined on the bill by undefeated team-mate Anth Hardy.
The Horden fighter, with four wins out of four since making his debut at Sunderland’s ground 12 months ago, will face Sandor Horvath.
On paper, it looks a step up for Hardy, whose last outing, against Ibrar Riyaz has his been his best success to date.
But the Hungarian is what would be classed as a live opponent in boxing parlance.
Horvath boasts nine wins and a draw out of 19 starts though his record outside his homeland is not that impressive.
But six of his nine wins have come inside the distance and is only 20, so cannot be discounted.
“He’s boxed over here a fair bit,” said Peter Cope Snr.
“[Former British champion] Curtis Woodhouse stopped him and he’s lost quite a few.
“But we’ll not be taking him lightly – that would be a big misjudgement. He’s got a halfy-half record so can’t be bad.
“Anth though should win.
“He’s getting better all the time and has really impressed me.
“Anth boxed very well last time and I’ll be looking to him to put four good rounds together here.”
The Stranton House gym should have had three boxers on the show but Greg O’Neil pulled out of his Northern Area middleweight championship confrontation with Sunderland’s Jonson McClumpha.
Promoter Phil Jeffries has secured another title tilt for the Peterlee-trained boxer with McClumpha now taking on Doncaster’s Jason Ball for the British Masters middleweight belt.
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