Hartlepool boxer Peter Cope hopes for English lightweight title fight if he beats John Green

Boxer Peter Cope (right) working out with his dad and trainer Peter. Picture by FRANK REID

Boxer Peter Cope (right) working out with his dad and trainer Peter. Picture by FRANK REID

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Peter Cope is aiming for a new crack at the English title, providing he does not slip up against John Green in his Northern Area lightweight championship defence.

The Gus Robinson Developments team have written to the British Boxing Board of Control to push the claims of their talented boxer. But coach – and dad – Peter Cope Snr says if he is to challenge again at that level, he cannot lose to Green at the Summer Rumble on Sunday July 5.

We’re not taking John for granted but we’re hoping Peter can get a straight shot at the English title or an eliminator

PETER COPE SNR

“It’s a must-win fight, there are no two ways about it,” said Cope Snr. “We’re not taking John for granted but we’re hoping Peter can get a straight shot at the English title or an eliminator.

“I believe Peter’s English class now and I’m hoping he can develop into British class over the next year or two.

“He’s got the bit between his teeth, he’s training hard and he’s at a good weight now and there is still a month to go to the Stadium of Light.

“Peter has got to win this fight first and a successful defence will move his career forward.”

Cope has already fought for the English title at the weight below – super featherweight.

That ended in disappointed as the crafty cockney, Mitchell Smith, inflicted the first loss of his career in London 11 months ago.

Cope moved up to lightweight to win the vacant Northern Area lightweight belt against Green at South Shields last October before slimming down to super-feather again for an English eliminator with Andy Townend.

The southpaw was outgunned in Doncaster, the powerful Barnsley fighter stopping him in the fourth round.

Now, the Gus Robinson Developments camp intend for Cope to campaign at lightweight on a permanent basis.

“Peter is a big lightweight so I’m sure in the future he may become a light-welter,” said his trainer.

“But we’re campaigning at lightweight and we’re confident he can have success there.

“Peter has only been beaten twice.

“Smith is a proper good boxer who is already rated at number four in the world with the WBO and Townend has just won the English title.”

Cope Jnr bounced back from the Townend set-back with a win over Lee Connelly at the Borough Hall last month, the 25-year-old impressing over the six rounder.

“Neither defeat is anything to be ashamed about and I think Peter has already shown he’s English clash and I see him improving every day in the gym,” said Cope Snr.

“He got a bit tied up in a couple of the later rounds against Connelly but overall I thought it was a good performance and we’re looking to build on that against John at the Stadium of Light.”

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