Adam Cope has completed a dream debut senior season by striking gold at the Tri Nations championship.
The 18-year-old won an all-England final when he beat Jack Wood at Rotherham yesterday.
The final was a bit scrappy, I think I boxed better in the semiADAM COPE
Cope, one quarter of the fighting Hartlepool family, was in imperious form from start to finish at the Magna Centre over the weekend.
He despatched Scotland’s lightweight representative, Steve Tiffany, in the semi-final on Saturday and then produced a superb display of boxing to defeat the Wednesbury boxer by a unanimous decision.
The Gus Robinson Developments boxer enjoyed a wonderful run as a junior, winning the National Clubs for Young People’s championship.
But the transition from the youth ranks to the seniors has tripped up a fighter or two over the years. Not Cope. He has taken to it like the proverbial duck to water.
He reached the last four of the ABA Championship where it needed the brilliance of GB number one Luke McCormack to end his hopes of the title.
However, Cope was undaunted and after winning selection to the England team, he was determined to go all the way to Tri Nations glory. The unanimous points win over Tiffany was his best display to date, scoring superbly against the come-forward Scot.
And while the final clash with Wood, on paper at least, looked his toughest, the teenager showed his boxing skills are every bit as good as his fighting qualities, winning every round against his team-mate and rival.
Every time Wood stepped forward, Cope landed cleanly using his accuracy and movement to good effect.
“The final was a bit scrappy, I think I boxed better in the semi,” Cope told SportMail. “I just tried to keep my shape and keep my boxing together.
“The England coaches were happy with me and if it’s the last fight of my season, it was a good way to finish.
“But if there is a chance of any more tournaments I hope I’ve proved what I can do.”
Cope also paid tribute to his coaches at the Gus Robinson Developments Gym, Tony Martin, Wayne Short and Lee Cope, his eldest brother.
“I’d like to thank my coaches at Gus’s,” he added. “They have put in loads of work, not just over the last few weeks and months but years. I can’t thank them enough.”