Hartlepool prospect can Cope with better rivals

Daniel Cope in action against Mick Mills
Daniel Cope in action against Mick Mills

Peter Cope Snr hopes a “tougher test” will come for son Daniel.

The Hartlepool boxer registered his fourth win in the sport’s professional ranks when he outpointed Mick Mills on Saturday night.

Daniel ends up trying too hard, trying to please the fans because he thinks he is not doing enough.

It was a straight-forward victory for the 25-year-old, referee Graeme Williams awarding him all four rounds.

There were good facets to the performance – Cope looked a quality operator when he used his jab in the second round and followed it up with some powerful straight rights.

But it seemed he was also guilty of trying too hard at times to seek out an explosive finish against the southpaw from Kent.

Peter Cope Snr, head coach at Gus Robinson Developments, told SportMail: “I’d love a tougher test for Daniel and a longer fight.

“He won it easy enough on Saturday night but I think he’d benefit from going in with someone who comes for a fight.

“Mick didn’t want it and kept out of the way and I think that’s where Daniel’s inexperience worked against him.

“Daniel ends up trying too hard, trying to please the fans because he thinks he is not doing enough.

“Me and Alan Temple were telling him in the corner to relax and let his boxing flow and perform as he does in the gym.

“But then he ends up trying to land a big right.

“There were things that impressed me but, as I’ve said before, he is still a work in progress.

“He is an absolute monster trainer, with a fantastic physique, he is so fit, but he lacks experience.

“He only had 20 amateur bouts and that was just his fifth pro fight.

“We are moving forwards but we probably need a more ambitious opponent and a longer fight.

“Daniel is a bit of a slow starter – it takes him a round and a half to get going, six rounds would be ideal.”

The Gus Robinson camp said they would love a re-match with Tom Whitfield.

Daniel was beaten by the South Shields-based boxer in his third outing and it is clash which could go again as a Northern Area title fight over 10 rounds.

“We’d box Tom tomorrow and I’m sure it’s a fight which the fans would love as well,” said Cope Snr. “But I don’t think it’s a bout Tom and his people would take.”

Daniel’s next appearance could be on the undercard of Martin Ward’s challenge for the British super-bantamweight championship at Rainton Meadows Arena on November 20.