Hartlepool boxer Peter Cope beats Middlesbrough’s John Green to win Northern Area title

PETER THE GREAT: Peter Cope drives a body shot into John Green in their Northern Area lightweight title fight

PETER THE GREAT: Peter Cope drives a body shot into John Green in their Northern Area lightweight title fight

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PETER Cope is the Northern Area lightweight champion after winning his title derby with John Green in South Shields.

The Hartlepool boxer beat his Middlesbrough opponent 96-95 though the scoreline from referee Andrew Wright looked surprisingly close.

Cope controlled the contest at Temple Park throughout and while some rounds were a little scrappy, he looked a clear and comfortable winner.

It completed a clean sweep for the Gus Robinson Developments camp.

Earlier Daniel Cope had won every round in defeating Barnsley’s Jamie Zazslos in a 40-36 score from referee Wright.

Horden’s Anth Hardy made it six wins out of six as a pro, enjoying a shutout 60-54 result against Brummie veteran Jason Nesbitt from ref Williams.

SEE Monday’s Mail for full round-up and pictures