PETER Cope believes he is heading towards a major championship challenge and he is happy to wait until 2014 for it.
The undefeated Hartlepool star is tipped for the top and already has a minor title to his name after winning the International Masters super-bantamweight belt last July.
Patience is not an attribute associated with the crowd favourite but he says he is happy to build his experience with four to five fights this year.
And he knows he must get off to a triumphant start on Friday, February 15, when he fights “Dynamite” David Lake at Houghton-le-Spring.
After six wins in a row, the Gus Robinson Developments boxer knows he can’t afford any slip-ups.
“It might be a year or two before I get there but I’m determined and will give it everything,” said Cope, who is trained by dad Peter Snr.
“The plan is to be busy this year and just to build my experience.
“I only had two contests last year but one was the 10-rounder against Gavin Reid at the Stadium of Light so that’s not been a problem.
“Hopefully there are going to be plenty of shows coming off around here so I’d like to think I can get on those undercards.
“Another year and I think I’ll be ready to step up but I have got to keep busy and keep winning.”
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