Coach Peter Cope is looking to see boxing son, Daniel, produce the best display of his promising career tonight.
The Hartlepool prospect, the eldest but least experienced of the fighting Cope brothers, takes on Mick Mills at Dunston over four rounds.
His fitness is always good, but he’s made real strides in all the other areas and I’m looking to see that now in the ringPETER COPE SNR
Dynamite Daniel has won three of his four bouts to date and trainer, and dad, is confident of victory against the Kent opponent.
“I just want to see Daniel carry what he’s been doing in the gym into the ring,” Cope Snr told SportMail. “Daniel has improved beyond all recognition.
“He won his last fight well enough – he boxed superbly in the first two rounds and fell away a little after that.
“But that was back in May and I’ve watched him make proper progress since then.
“His fitness is always good, but he’s made real strides in all the other areas and I’m looking to see that now in the ring. I’m over the moon with the way he’s prepared.
“I took him sparring with Lee Mould who’s a real handful and Daniel did well so things are going in the right direction.
“Now, as I’ve said before, it’s about building his experience.
“Tonight will be good in that regard and we’ll be hoping for another step forward in his career.”
The Gus Robinson Developments boxershould prove too strong and sharp for Mills, though the 28-year-old could prove awkward given his southpaw stance.
But Cope Snr added: “Half of our gym are southpaws, so that should not be an issue.”
The 25-year-old is part of a bumper 10-bout bill at the Lancastrian Suite.
Top of the bill is the Sunderland derby between Glenn Foot and Kirk Goodings, while the Ward brothers are also in action along with young prospect Isaac Macleod.
There are a limited number of tickets available, but there will be none on sale on the door. Contact Peter on 07815991247 for info.