DANIEL Cope is ready to Rumble – at last.
The Hartlepool welterweight joined the Gus Robinson Developments professional team 13 months ago, only for injuries to delay his big entrance.
But now Daniel, at 24 the second oldest of the five boxing Cope brothers, has been given the green light to start fighting.
And what a start – an appearance at Summer Rumble 4 at the Stadium of Light on Sunday July 13.
Trainer – and dad of Daniel –Peter Cope said the months of frustration are finally over.
“It’s been hard for Daniel,” said Gus Robinson Developments head coach.
“He turned pro the same time as Anth Hardy and he got to make his debut at last year’s Summer Rumble.
“Daniel needed corrective eye surgery to pass the stringent medicals required by the British Boxing Board of Control.
“It has been done now – his vision is spot on and he’s been cleared to box.
“We’d like to thank Daniel’s sponsors, Niramax, for their support and the board as well.
“For him to be making his debut at the Stadium of light is fantastic.
“The Summer Rumble is one of the highlights of the year – boxing outdoors in a football stadium where there is always a good atmosphere.
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Daniel Cope was a late starter to the sport but made up for lost time, reaching the final of the 2011 ABA Novices Championship in POrtsmouth, where he lost a high-scoring thriller.
Injuries have blighted his career and delayed his arrival into the pro ranks and the his debut.
But coach and dad says he and the organisation will be patient.
“While it’s been frustrating for Daniel, he is only 24 and we have loads of time,” said Cope Snr.
“There is absolutely no rush, we will bring him along like we have Anth and Greg O’Neil.
“I do think his style is suited to the pros and the fans will enjoy watching him.
“I think he’s only had something like 25 fights in the amateurs so building his experience will be paramount.
“In the amateurs he knocked a few people out but we have been working on making him a more solid, all round fighter.”