PETER Cope is not short of boxing talent in his family.
Five of the Hartlepool coach’s nine sons have taped up the gloves in this most demanding of sports.
Lee, Daniel, Peter, Adam and Luke all became boxers and all but Lee are still climbing through the ropes in either the amateur or professional side of the game though the eldest son is doing some coaching at the Gus Robinson Developments gym.
Another son, Tony, is involved as a fitness trainer at the West View Road HQ.
And Sunday will represent a special day for Cope and the family.
Peter and Daniel will become the third set of Hartlepool-born brothers to fight on the same professional show over the last three decades.
Title challenger Peter takes on Middlesbrough’s John Green for the Northern Area lightweight belt at South Shields, where Daniel faces Jamie Zaszlos, from Barnsley, over four rounds.
The Copes will follow in the ringsteps of two sets of town boxing brothers.
The Foreman twins, Ken and Keith, fought on the same promotion in Bradford in January 1984. Ken beating Steve Tempro at the Norfolk Gardens Hotel over eight rounds, while Keith was outpointed by Gary Lucas over the same distance.
Six years ago, the Dentons, Craig and Mark, both triumphed at the Mayfair Centre.
Craig beat Rob Burton at the Seaton Carew venue in May 2008, while Mark enjoyed a dream debut when he stopped Poland’s Pawel Trebinski in the third round.
Now it is the turn of the Copes to have their moment in the spotlight.
“Hartlepool had the Feeneys years back who were great fighters who both won British titles,” said Cope Snr.
“Neil [Fannan] has the Wards who are doing very nicely for themselves.
“To be following what the Foremans and the Dentons did and box on the same show is fantastic.
“And from just the point of view of being a dad, to have two sons boxing on the same day is a very proud moment.
“In 10 or 20 years time I’ll be able to look back and remember the time Peter and Daniel fought at South Shields.
“But it is not about me.
“It’s great for the two boys and it’s great for the family and, like I’ve just said, for town boxing as well.”
Both Copes will start as favourites at Temple Park.
Peter has the edge in experience for his 10-round derby with Green, while Daniel is up against Zaszlos, the boxer Gus Robinson team-mate Anth Hardy beat last time out.
Hardy too is in action on south Tyneside, facing Brummie journeyman Jason Nesbitt, also over four rounds.
“It’s great from a gym perspective to have three boxers on the same show,” said coach Cope. “All the lads have put in a tremendous amount of work in the build-up.
“Anth, Peter and Daniel are all treated the same in the gym and hopefully we’ll have three wins on Sunday.
“I was having a chat with Alan Temple here the other day and I reckoned that we’ve only lost three of our last 27 contests and two of them were title fights.
“Things are moving along nicely in the gym and hopefully we can keep that going.”
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