DANIEL Cope began his professional career in style with an emphatic success at the Summer Rumble.
The Hartlepool boxer decked Scotland’s JP McGuiness on the way to a 60-53 points verdict from referee Andrew Wright at the Stadium of Light.
It was a brilliant display from the 24-year-old, whose debut had suffered delays despite turning pro in May 2013.
The way McGuiness came out of the red corner with gusto, firing hard with both gloves, it looked as though Dynamite Daniel may be in for a tough time.
We were soon to discover that it was the 25-year-old, from Bellshill, who was facing an arduous afternoon.
Cope got his jab working and then by round two, both hands were highly accurate, his combinations landing time and again to the head of McGuiness.
The away fighter found himself under enormous pressure on the ropes near the blue corner in the third round and on the ring of Stewart Lithgo’s bell at the end of the session, JP tapped Daniel’s arm in acknowledgement of some excellent boxing.
A left-right combination in the fourth was followed a by a right upper cut which felled McGuiness who, to his credit was straight up.
When the Scot was back on the ropes in round five there was a split second when you thought referee Andrew Wright may step in and halt the bout, but the gutsy McGuiness kept throwing back.
JP did well to see the fight through, with Cope maintaining a great tempo and accuracy all the way, his jab and combinations never missed.