IT’S ON! Peter Cope’s shot at the English super-featherweight title will go ahead on Wednesday, July 16.
The unbeaten Hartlepool boxer will take on Londoner Mitchell Smith for the vacant belt at the York Hall in the capital’s eastend.
Cope and Smith had been due to meet on April 12 at the Copperbox Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, only for the 21-year-old from Harrow to pull out with a knee problem.
The postponement came as another massive blow to the Gus Robinson Developments star who had seen Northern Area and British Masters championship contests called off at the last minute over the last six months.
But promoters, Queensbury, vowed the confrontation between two of the country’s undefeated prospects would still take place and now the date and venue are set.
Smith has eight victories on his record while Cope, 23, has one extra win to his name.
The Poolie southpaw will start as the underdog given Smith is on home soil and on an event staged by his own promoters.
But Gus Robinson Developments coach, Peter Cope Snr, said: “It has been looking like July 16 for some time but now it’s been confirmed.
“It’s still a fair way off, but it’s great we have a date and a fantastic venue.
“I was really confident for the original fight before Smith had to pull out.
“I’d never seen Peter in such great condition and he looked brilliant in sparring.
“Now we’ve got to get him in that shape again.
“I think it’s got the makings of a great match.
“Peter has had some terrible bad luck with fights falling through and then this postponement.
“But Queensbury and the British Boxing Board of Control have insisted match would happen and we’re grateful to BBBC director Fred Potter for his support.
“It’s all systems go now for July 16 and we can’t wait.
“It is going to be a big challenge - we’re on a London kid’s show in London.
“But this is an incredible opportunity for Peter and one we’ll give absolutely everything to go and take.”