Anth Hardy to deliever his best bout against Youssef Al Hamidi

Anth Hardy
Anth Hardy

COACH Peter Cope is looking to see Anth Hardy deliver his best performance as a professional.

The Hartlepool and Horden fighter will make his fourth appearance next Saturday at Gateshead, where he meets Youssef Al Hamidi.

Unbeaten Hardy will start as clear favourite against the Yorkshire-based Syrian number one.

But it is more than just the result which is of importance to the Gus Robinson Developments camp.

Hardy has won all three of his bouts in the pro game and had each of his opponents in some distress.

However, his form has fluctuated and Cope is looking for consistency and class from the 22-year-old.

“Anth, by his nature, is a counter-puncher,” said Cope.

“But he has got to be more attacking and that’s what we’ve been working on in the gym.

“We’re very pleased with Anth – he’s won ever fight and his attitude is spot on every time.

“But we’re looking to see him show more in the ring.

“He’s sparred with Peter [Cope] which have been good for him.

“Peter spars like he fights, he never holds back, so they have been excellent sessions for Anth.

“It’s the best I’ve ever seen Anth spar – I’m really over the moon with him.

“I hope he can produce what he’s done in training in the fight.

“If he does, we’ll see a good performance from him.”

It could prove a testing night at the Gateshead Leisure Centre.

Al Hamidi’s record is nothing spectacular, far from it, he’s won 12 and drawn three of his 82 pro contests.

But, if the mood takes him, he can be awkward ... with a capital A.

Just ask Callum Winton. The young Hartlepool talent started superbly against the Middle East fighter, only for the 36-year-old to produce a strong finish.

So strong a finish that his trainer, Chris Aston, remonstrated with judge Graeme Williams after the Billingham official scored Winton the victor, 39-38.

“He is awkward,” said Cope. “I was talking to MIcky Hunter the other day and he fought him a few years ago.

“Mick remembered the chew Al Hamidi gave him and that’s what he’s capable of.

“If Al Hamidi fancies it he’ll have a go - Anth has to be ready for it.

“But if he boxes like he has sparred, I’ll be quietly confident of him giving his best display since he joined us.”

Fellow unbeaten Hartlepool boxer Tommy Ward is also on the bill as he chases his eighth success.

Former Gus Robinson Developments amateur star Paul Archer had been due to challenge for the Northern Area title on the bill, only for South Shields opponent, John Watson, to pull out.

Another ex-Gus boxer, Andrew Buchanan, the British Masters middleweight champ, will face Jody Meikle.

FOR tickets, contact Peter on 07815991247