Hartlepool boxer Peter Cope can cruise to title on Fighting Chance show

Peter Cope can cruise to victory in his title match next month.

Saturday, 28th May 2016, 8:30 am
Boxer Peter Cope during a training session. Picture by FRANK REID

That is the prediction of his coach – and dad – Peter Snr, with his son’s British Promoters Challenge Belt fight just four weeks from now.

Cope Jnr will contest the lightweight crown at Gateshead Leisure Centre on Saturday, June 25, against an, as yet, unnamed opponent.

The 25-year-old will be back in training at the Gus Robinson Developments gym this week, having been on a sunshine cruise with his better half, Vanessa Finn.

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Ordinarily, a title-chasing boxer might not be living it up on the ocean ahead of a big fight but Cope Snr has no issues with his boxer enjoying himself – for now.

His holiday had been booked to take place AFTER his challenge for the British Promoters Challenge Belt.

Cope Jnr had been scheduled to top the bill in the NSL-sponsored contest at the Dolphin Centre on Friday, May 13, only for the show to fall through the week before.

“Peter’s fit – before he went he did an eight-round spar with no problems,” said the Gus Robinson Developments head coach.

“He was 100% fit for the original fight against Brad Botham and he’s got four weeks to go before the show in Gateshead.

“To be honest, I think the break will do him the world of good.

“He’s already fit and he’ll be doing some stuff on the ship – they have gyms on board.

“We’ve got plenty of time to get him ready for June 25.

“He was ready to box on May 13 and a breather from the gym won’t have harmed him in the least.”

Cope had been due to meet Botham at the Darlington venue though he may have a different foe in the opposite corner at Gateshead, a bill promoted by the Fighting Chance organisation.

“I think there’s a change in opponent,” explained Cope Snr. “The promoters are due to hold a press conference to announce it.

“It will be a good contest – Peter needs a fight and Fighting Chance will get him one.

“We’re looking forward to it – a win there and we can move Peter on again.”

Meanwhile, the Gus Robinson Developments will have a date before then, with Jordan Ellison back on the road again.

The 20-year-old has got into the habit of taking on top prospects on the opposition’s bill. And that will be no different on Thursday, June 9, when he takes on Commonwealth Games medallist, Joe Fitzpatrick, at the York Hall, in London’s Eastend.

Fitzpatrick, from Belfast, has boxed four times since turning pro, winning them all via stoppage.

For ticket info, call Peter on 07815991247.