Boxing Barmy Army make plenty of noise as Hartlepool & Horden enjoy triumphant night

DYNAMITE DAN: Daniel Cope. Picture by TOM COLLINS
DYNAMITE DAN: Daniel Cope. Picture by TOM COLLINS

PROMOTER Phil Jeffries coined the show ‘The return of the Barmy Army’.

The Sunderland fight figure, ably assisted by Dave Garside, wanted to promote the Cope brothers at the Borough Hall for the loyalty they have shown him.

I’m thrilled for the lads that their hard work is reaping rewards and I’m chuffed for Gus Robinson Developments, it was a good evening for the organisation


And the Hartlepool siblings rose to the occasion to make it a night to remember at the Headland venue.

Peter Cope topped the bill with an exciting points win over Lee Connelly while Daniel also returned in triumph following a defeat last time out, defeating Yorkshire’s Danny Little over four rounds.

Cope’s noisy followers, the Barmy Army, lapped it up.

But it was not just an evening for the Hartlepool fans – Horden was also out in force.

The Copes’ Gus Robinson Developments team-mates Anth Hardy and Liam Cammock enjoyed the best wins of their careers to date, Hardy outpointing Fonz Alexander while Cammock impressed against one of boxing’s most awkward customers, Matt Seawright.

Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope was thrilled with a maximum tally of four wins from four with none of the West View Road boxers losing a single round.

“I’m delighted,” said Cope Snr, who was joined in the red corner by assistant, Alan Temple.

“I have to stress that these are only young men, who are all still relatively new to this game.

“These lads are not Michael Hunter or Bradley Saunders who have had over 100 amateur fights before going pro.

“They are still building their experience, the fights they had were all learning fights and they are going in the right direction.

“It’s a work in progress and last night was another step forward.

“I’m thrilled for the lads that their hard work is reaping rewards and I’m chuffed for Gus Robinson Developments, it was a good evening for the organisation.”

Hardy made it a magnificent seven wins after putting on a fine display against a game Alexander. The 23-year-old used his southpaw jab to perfection, while there were some nice right-left combos to admire.

Alexander was no dummy and earned a share of round three after a strong start to that session but Hardy came back and finished the fight with a flourish for a 40-37 scoreline from referee Graeme Williams.

Daniel Cope made it three wins from four against a tough opponent in Little.

Cope was excellent in the first half of the fight, jabbing well and connecting with some good straight combinations.

The final two rounds were closer as the Driffield fighter fought hard but the 24-year-old home fighter was a deserved 40-36 winner.

Cammock was in brilliant form in his triumph over Seawright.

The Tamworth veteran has a reputation for making even the best look bad but the 20-year-old refused to let that happen and boxed superbly.

Cammock’s jab was crisp and unerring and his right was more dangerous, so much so that he floored Seawright in the last. His opponent was up at four and got to the end of the round but the Gus prospect was a 40-35 victor from Mr Williams.