Adam Cope is joining his elder brothers. Peter and Daniel, in the professional ranks.
The highly-decorated boxer is leaving the amateur scene beind him after he was left devastated by his exit from the ABA Championship.
I will be fighting at super-feather, it’s only two pounds below what I was at amateur and I did that comfortablyADAM COPE
Cope will be coached by Neil Fannan, who trains siblings Peter and Daniel, with the 21-year-old planning to make his debut on Saturday, September 30 at the Borough Hall.
Adam is rated by many observers as the pick of the famous fighting family.
He will campaign as a super-featherweight and, given his amateur pedigree, will be confident of making swift progress.
“I’ve been training with Neil for a bit now,” said Adam, whose younger brothers, Luke and Joe, are members of the Gus Robinson Developments club.
“Everything has been going good in the gym, I’ve just been practicing different stuff.
“I will be fighting at super-feather – it’s only two pounds below what I was at amateur and I did that comfortably.”
Adam must still face a British Boxing Board of Control panel before being granted a licence, but that should be a near formality, given his impeccable record.
A fighter with an exciting style, including a penchant for ferocious body hooks, the ex-Junior ABA champion has been benefiting from working with European super-bantamweight championship challenger Martin Ward in Fannan’s Brierton HQ.
“I haven’t been in front of the Board yet, but I think it won’t be long now,” he said.
“I’ve been sparring with Martin, which has been good. I’m hoping my debut will be at the Borough Hall at the end of September when Martin fights for the European title.”
Cope had hoped to have collected an England Elite title before turning pro.
He reached the semi-finals in his debut season in 2015, when he lost in a bloodbath to North-East neighbour Luke McCormack, who went on to win the title.
But he feels he has received the rough end of the stick for the past two seasons and was not prepared to risk a third.
“The same happened the year before,” said Cope, who thanked Gus Robinson Developments ABC and their head coach, Tony Martin, for all their work with him.
“I didn’t want to waste another year trying again. I’m gutted not to have won the ABAs because I know I would have got it.
“But I think this is the best move for me now.”
Adam joins a gym which is certainly buzzing at the moment.
Martin will challenge Spain’s Abigail Medina at the Headland venue next month for the European title and on October 28, in Newcastle, younger brother, Tommy, makes the maiden defence of his British super-bantam belt, against Birmingham’s Sean Davis.
Peter Cope, 26, is looking to make a move towards lightweight title action this year, while Daniel, 27, will be hoping to bounce back from his Northern Area title defeat last time out.