NEW boxing champion Peter Cope’s next ring appearance looks set to be in his hometown.
The unbeaten Hartlepool star won the International Masters super-bantamweight title in last weekend’s Summer Rumble at the Stadium of Light.
His 10-round war with never-say-die Redcar battler Gavin Reid was one of the fights of the year, Cope producing the fight of his young life to triumph 98-92.
And promoter Phil Jeffries has already hinted that the next show he stages will be in Hartlepool.
Jeffries, dad of 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Tony, put on an action-packed bill at the Borough Hall in March, when Michael Hunter, on his comeback, topped the bill.
Cope was chief support that afternoon, as he was at the Stadium of Light last Sunday when he outpointed Reid.
And the 21-year-old could get the same role at the famous Headland venue in last September or early October should Jeffries return to town.
The Sunderland fight figure is looking to promote the delayed English light-welterweight clash between Hartlepool-trained Martin Ward and Liverpool’s Mike Robinson.
The Neil Fannan and Dave Garside star was forced to pull out of the bout which was to be the headline act at the Summer Rumble because of a hand injury.
But the 24-year-old is making a swift recovery and could well top the bill at the Borough Hall.
Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope told SportMail he would love to see his son in action again.
“Late September would be ideal for us if the show is coming to town,” said Peter Snr.
“Peter is going away on a well-deserved break when he’ll get the chance to relax and re-charge the batteries.
“He trained so hard for eight weeks and then had a tough 10-rounder with Gavin.
“Peter has earned his breather but it won’t take long to get ready for his next fight, he’s a naturally-fit kid.
“It would be fabulous if the Martin Ward show does come here and Peter has the chance to box on it.
“I do believe he has a really bright future but it’s about taking the right steps.
“We had planned to box Gavin over six at the Rumble but when that title opportunity was offered to us we were happy to take it.
“We will probably look for something like a six-rounder in September and then may be another before Christmas.”
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