PETER Cope will make his long-awaited return to boxing next month with an international test.
The Hartlepool prospect will face Latvian Pavels Senkovs at the Summer Rumble at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, July 3.
“I can’t wait for it to come around, it has been a long time coming,” said Cope, who has fully recovered from a road traffic accident in April.
“With everything that happened over the past few months it is nice to just be concentrating on boxing and training for the fight.
“My focus has always been boxing and now I am looking forward to the build up.”
Cope’s opponent, born in the Baltic nation of Latvia but now based in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, has only won twice in a two-year professional career.
It means the pressure is on the Gus Robinson-managed boxer to perform on the Phil Jeffries-promoted bill.
But the 20-year-old, coached by dad Peter, is looking to build on a solid performance in his debut fight in Doncaster back in March.
Cope outpointed Scot Ryan McNicol 40-37 in a promising display that showed he will be one to watch.
“I know I need to be fit for the fight and I will do everything to make sure I am,” said Cope jnr.
“It’s just a case of working hard with my dad in the gym on technique and getting the sharpness back.”
A near 200-strong following made the trip to Doncaster Dome to support him and the popular youngster hopes there will be more of the same for the July trip to Sunderland.
He said: “After last time in Doncaster I just hope that they show the same support just 30 minutes up the road.
“I know that I can put on a show for them and I am very confident I can get another win under my belt.”
The eight-fight bill is headlined by the Northern Area title showdown between David Dolan and Jon Lewis Dickinson while Dolan’s Neil Fannan and Dave Garside stablemate Martin Ward is also in action, against Londoner Ian Napa.
Ticket prices start at £30, For any ticket information contact Peter on 07411681425.