Hartlepool boxer Adam Cope starts season by knocking out a Prince

RING MASTER: Adam Cope (left) at the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards  2014 at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield.
RING MASTER: Adam Cope (left) at the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards 2014 at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield.

ADAM Cope made a spectacular start to the season – and to his senior career – with a win by knockout in Lancashire.

Cope stopped Prince Brady in the third round of their battle in Burnley.

Last night he was due to make a rapid return in Yorkshire where he was scheduled to fights White Rose ABC’s Cain Adams only for the Wakefield boxer to pull out injured.

The 18-year-old, shortlisted at the recent Hartlepool Mail Sports awards, demolished Brady at Unity WMC.

Fighting for the first time at senior level and minus a headguard, Cope was in irresistable form.

The Gus Robinson Developments starlet dominated from the outset, mixing his solid punches to the head of Brady with some bonecrunching hooks to the Lancashire lad’s body.

The bout was one-way traffic and the Clayton ABC boxer was given two standing counts in the second round – both following body shots.

It seemed inevitable the contest would not require the judges’ scorecards and so it proved.

Ruthless Cope floored Brady again in the third round again from another body shot and this time the home fighter was stopped.

It was a performance which thrilled Gus Robinson Developments ABC coach Tony Martin, who was also in the corner when Adam’s younger brother Luke won the week before in Liverpool .

He told SportMail: “It’s some of the best body punching I’ve ever seen from Adam.”

Given the National Clubs for Young People’s champion has a penchant for body punches that is some praise from the experienced coach.

And fellow Gus Robinson trainer Wayne Short added: “It was a 50-50 fight on paper.

“That kid was no mug and Adam was prepared to go to his backyard and fight him.

“To start the season like that and win your first senior contest by stoppage is pretty good.

“Adam is one of the most exciting young boxers about and he proved that in Burnley.

“He is on fire at the moment.”