Daniel Cope will tackle a famous sporting name when he makes his fifth appearance as a boxing professional next Saturday.
Thoughts of Mick Mills, for the older sports fan, will invariably turn to the former Ipswich, Southampton and England full-back and skipper.
Mick’s a southpaw and no soft touch, so it’s a good fight for DanielPETER COPE SNR
But this Mick Mills will provide another step in the boxing education of the Hartlepool prospect.
The 28-year-old, from Gillingham, is on a losing streak, but Cope’s coach, and dad, says “it’s a good fight” for his son at Dunston next weekend.
“We’re taking nothing for granted with this contest,” said Peter Cope Snr.
“We’ve seen Mick at close quarters before when he fought Liam Cammock and while he lost, he gave Cammy a few problems.
“Mick can be dangerous, he’s stopped someone, and he definitely comes to fight. That suits us – we’re looking for a proper good performance from Daniel.
“In my view, Daniel is the most improved fighter in our gym over the last six months.
“He’s getting better every day and he won last time out, so I’ll be looking to see him back that up when he gets in the ring next Saturday.”
Daddy Cope says while he’s impressed with Daniel, there is one thing lacking and that’s experience.
And he hopes a four-round battle with the Kent southpaw will provide that.
“Daniel only had 20-odd amateur bouts and he’s just had the four pro contests,” said the Gus Robinson Developments head coach.
“He is limited in experience, that’s a fact.
“But it’s not just the four rounds in the ring, it’s the whole package, the training, making the weight, the preparation on the day, everything.
“The more fights Daniel has the better he’ll get.
“The other day, he was sparring with our Peter and I said he wasn’t throwing his jab enough. The next time his jab worked perfectly.
“What he does on the bag now is done with a method in his mind.
“Daniel always gets himself in tremendous shape but now he’s thinking more about what he’s doing and why.
“Mick’s a southpaw and no soft touch, so it’s a good fight for Daniel. We’re looking forward to it.”
Cope v Mills is part of a bumper night of boxing at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston.
The Ward brothers, Martin and Tommy, are on the bill while the headline fight is a mouthwatering Sunderland derby between Glenn Foot and Kirk Goodings.
For tickets, contact Peter on 07815991247