PETER COPE has put Gus Robinson Developments back on the title league table – and the prospect who has been there boy and young man can’t wait to win more.
Cope became Northern Area lightweight champion on Sunday when he beat Middlesbrough’s John Green over 10 rounds at South Shields.
The 23-year-old has already challenged for the English super-featherweight crown this year, losing to gifted Londoner Mitchell Smith at the York Hall in July.
But he hopes his derby win will be the catalyst for another challenge or an eliminator for the belt.
“I’ve always wanted to win the Northern Area title and hopefully this will move me back to where I was earlier this year,” the talented southpaw told SportMail.
“I’m hoping I can get an eliminator next and then fight again for the English title after that.
“I want to bring more belts to our gym.
“I’ve been with Gus’s ever since I started boxing as a kid.
“I’ll more than likely finish my career there too.
“I’m loyal to Gus Robinson Developments and they’ve been brilliant with me.
“Winning this [the Northern area belt] is just the start for me.
“While I’m proud to have it, I don’t want to be classed as an Area fighter – my dream is to go on and win big stuff.”
His dream almost became a nightmare when the MC announced a result of 96-95 before revealing the name of the winner.
The Poolie boxer, like many observers, could not believe the scoreline was so tight.
“I was shocked more than anything, I’d probably have given John a round,” he said.
“You could may be argue a couple of others were close and scrappy, but was John winning rounds? I don’t think so.”
But even if referee Andrew Wright was a little awry with the scoring, the result was the all-important factor for Team Cope who can now move forward.
“I’d like to thank all the people who were on Sunday, my dad, Alan [Temple] and Dan [Robinson] in my corner,” said the boxer.
“Mari [Rath] and Tony [Cope] do a lot with me in the gym and I’d like to thank Paul Gough for the physio he’s done for me and my sponsor, Lee Pennick, from Ruskins.
“I must say a big thank you to everyone who supported me on Sunday, it means the world to me .
“I’m looking to bring more good nights.”
Hartlepool boxing is looking in good nick.
All three Gus Robinson Development fighters won at Temple Park on Sunday, Daniel Cope making it two wins from two starts as a pro after outpointing Jamie Zaszlos over four rounds whila Anth Hardy clocked up his sixth success after beating Brummie veteran Jason Nesbitt after six rounds.
Neil Fannan and Dave Garside prospect Tommy Ward recorded his 10th pro win on the same bill and elder brother Martin is due a Commonwealth title match over the winter.