Hartlepool boxer Peter Cope to defend Northern title against Middlesbrough’s John Green

Peter Cope
Peter Cope

PETER Cope will make the first defence of his Northern Area lightweight title at the Summer Rumble in a re-match with John Green.

The Hartlepool boxer won the vacant region’s lightweight belt last October when he outpointed Middlesbrough battler Green at South Shields.

North East derbies are the best fights, the fans love them and I love putting them on.

PHIL JEFFRIES

Now, promoter Phil Jeffries has signed both camps up to do it again at his spectacular outdoor show at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, July 5.

“I’ve said it before, North-East derbies are the best fights, the fans love them and I love putting them on,” said Jeffries.

“There is pride at stake and, in this case, a title.

“It should make for a great atmosphere with Copey’s Barmy Army and John is well supported from the Boro.”

The original meeting ended 96-95 to Cope.

Although many observers felt the margin was too tight, Green will come to Sunderland’s football ground with hope of snatching the belt from his Teesside neighbour.

Since defeating Green, Cope has boxed twice, being stopped in an English super-featherweight title eliminator by Andy Townend in Doncaster last November and beating Lee Connelly last time out.

The 23-year-old, now planning to campaign permanently at lightweight, showed no signs at the Borough Hall of any hangover from the Townend set-back.

The Gus Robinson Developments boxer was sharp and accurate over the six rounds and will look to carry that into the re-match with Green.