PETER Cope is gearing up for a “grudge match” at the Summer Rumble.
The entertaining Hartlepool fighter puts his unbeaten record on the line against Sheffield boxer Qasim Hussain at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, July 7.
Cope has been needled by comments made by the Yorkshireman on social media following the postponement of their original date at Houghton-le-Spring.
The 21-year-old pulled out because of a bout of flu just says before they were due to meet in April in a contest which was due to be screened live by Loaded TV.
But his coach at the Gus Robinson Developments gym - and his dad - Peter Snr, says that Hussain is getting to his son more than any illness could.
“This kid has been giving Peter a right slagging off,” said the trainer.
“It’s all over the pull out from the Rainton Meadows show which we could not have risked given the way Peter had been feeling.
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“This has become a bit of a grudge match and Peter just wants to shut him up.
“I don’t go on the internet so it’s not really bothered me.
“But Peter is a bit upset that Hussain has been bad mouthing him and it’s certainly given him a little bit more motivation for the Summer Rumble.”
The Sheffield boxer is just 19 and has lost two of his four bouts as a pro but confidence does not appear to be an issue as Peter Snr points out.
“This is not an easy fight and it’s certainly an interesting one,” said the Gus Robinson Developments coach.
“Hussain looks a bit of a character as well, so this could be a good fight and one Peter needs to perform well in to start moving to title contention.”
Cope Jnr will be joined on the big Sunderland show by Gus Robinson Developments team-mate Anth Hardy, the Horden southpaw who will be making his professional debut.
“These are exciting times for the gym,” added Cope Snr.
“There is no news yet on an opponent for Anth but we’ll be going there looking for two wins.”
Anyone requiring tickets can contact Peter on 07815991247.