Adam Cope’s bid to clinch trophy outside the boxing ring

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RISING boxing star Adam Cope could be on the verge of honours outside the ring.

The talented 18-year-old has been nominated for a Hartlepool Mail sports award and proud dad Peter said: “Everyone in the family is really proud of him.”

Adam has established himself as one of the brightest and most entertaining young boxing prospects in the country.

The Hartlepool boxer and East Durham Community College student is part of the Cope fighting family. It’s an impressive line-up of sporting talent.

Elder brothers Daniel and Peter are professionals and younger brother Luke is a team-mate at the Gus Robinson Developments ABC.

Adam won his first main title last December when he beat London teenager Jack Brooker in the National Clubs for Young People’s Championship in Bolsover.

He then attempted to complete a double by winning the Junior ABA Championship only to lose in the semi-final in Liverpool to scouser Peter McGrail who went on to win the title and box for GB In the Youth OLympics in China.

Adam is a big crowd favourite due to his non-stop attack style especially his powerful shots to the body.

Peter said: “It is brilliant that he has been nominated. The biggest thing about Adam is he is so determined.

“He works really hard in everything he does. He is one of the stars for the future in the boxing world in Hartlepool.”

We’ve had some great contenders for this year’s awards, from behind-the-scenes sports club organisers to stalwarts of the game.

We have also had nominations in the categories for unsung heroes and those who have given a lifetime to their favoured sport.

The competition has now passed the closing date and the next stage will be for the judges to meet and consider who deserves to reach the shortlist.

That will happen in the next few days. After that, the shortlisted contenders will be invited to attend the finals night which will be held at the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield on October 22.

Our thanks go to everyone who has put forward names for the sports awards, and ensured that the standard of entries is incredibly high.

In the meantime, watch out for more stories in the coming days on some of the people who are in the running for honours.