PETER Cope will take a break from boxing but will return later this year with a view to another championship challenge in 2015.
The Hartlepool boxer lost in his first crack at a big title in the capital on Wednesday night, unbeaten Londoner Mitch Smith lifting the vacant English super-featherweight belt on a unanimous points decision.
Cope vowed to bounce back in SportMail yesterday and coach and dad, Peter Snr, is confident his boxer and son will return better than ever.
“Peter is just 23 and that was only his 10th pro fight,” said the Gus Robinson Developments head coach.
“There is more to come from him and time is very much on our side.
“He’s made his first challenge and while it went Mitchell’s way, Peter is now in the mix in the super-featherweights.
“Yes, there is stuff to work on but we knew that anyway, however the contest went.
“I said before the fight that we didn’t know how good Mitchell or Peter really are.
“We found out that, at this stage, Mitchell is better than Peter.
“But Peter will come back from this and move forward again.
“He got a lot of respect from people for the way he fought and the guts he showed.
“Peter tried to give him a fight but he couldn’t make any indents.
“As much as he tried to push it, he never really got into it, Mitchell was too quick and slick.”
The talented southpaw has spent the last 12 months training solidly for championship matches and after Wednesday’s gruelling 10-rounder will get a breather.
He had trained for a Masters title fight in September which was cancelled at the last minute and then for the bout with Smith in April which was postponed.
“Peter needs a rest,” said Cope Snr, who was joined in the corner in the Eastend by Alan Temple and Daniel Robinson.
“It’s been on-off, on-off for us over the last 12 months and Peter’s put everything into it.
“He’ll have a holiday and a good break and we’ll sit down in September and see where we are going.
“We’ll look to get Peter a fight before Christmas and then plan for next year.”