PETER Cope’s dreams of championship glory and his unbeaten record were ended in London – but the Hartlepool boxer has vowed to bounce back.
The 23-year-old was beaten by a unanimous points decision by undefeated Mitchell Smith when they fought out a cracker for the vacant English super-featherweight title last night.
Cope was put down in the sixth by the Harrow boxer but went the full 10 rounds, only to lose by a landslide margin.
It was the Gus Robinson Developments star’s first defeat in 10 bouts but he insists he will be back and still aiming for the top.
“I’ll come back from that, definitely,” Cope told SportMail.
“My dream has always been to win the Brtish title and it’s still my dream now.
“I definitely think I can still do it.
“I genuinely believed I could come and beat Mitch and win the English title and I put my heart and soul into the preparations and the fight.
“It just wasn’t good enough on the night
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and congratulations to Mitchell on his victory.
“But I’ve been in a big title fight, the big crowd and the TV and all that stuff and it will stand me in good stead.
“I’d like to thank everyone for all the people for coming to London to support me and all those who sent me good luck messages.
“I promise I will come again.”
Smith carried too much speed and cunning and the results on the judges scorecards were no great surprise as the 21-year-old won by handsome margins.
Ian John Lewis marked it 99-90, Jeff Hinds 100-90 and Bob Williams 100-89.
And Cope paid tribute to the Harrow boxer, known as the ‘Babyface Assassin’ who extended his winning run to nine contests.
“He was too slick,” said the talented southpaw.
“I could be all macho and say this and that but I think I’m a good kid and I have to give Mitchell credit.
“He was too good for me.”