PETER Cope’s title dreams will not drip away with the sweat from the gym floor.
That was the view today of coach, and dad, Peter Snr with the International Masters championship shot against Gavin Reid just four days away.
Unbeaten Cope has slimmed down from featherweight to super-bantam in order to take on the Redcar warrior on Sunday when he will have his first crack at a pro title.
On paper, it appears something of a risk – there was little in the way of excess flesh on one of the fittest and most dedicated young boxers on the circuit.
And now he needs to tip the scales at 8st 10lbs for Saturday’s weigh-in
But Cope Snr believes the decision to give blood, sweat and tears in the build-up will pay off for the 21-year-old.
“When we were first offered this fight, I must admit I had reservations,” said the head coach at Gus Robinson Developments.
“He had not done this weight in two and a half years and he’s grown a lot since that contest in the amateurs.
“I’m sure in the long term he’ll be a featherweight but this was a great opportunity and one we decided to take.
“I knew the diet he was on and the way he trained that there would be no problems,”
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