Hartlepool boxers up for exciting summer

Peter Cope
Peter Cope

HARTLEPOOL’S Gus Robinson Developments gym is “preparing” for one of their biggest months of the boxing calendar.

Unbeaten star Peter Cope and his new West View Road gym comrade Anth Hardy kick it all off on July 7.

The gifted southpaws team up at the Summer Rumble, the mammoth open-air Sunday afternoon show at the Stadium of Light.

And then the camp’s star turn, Bradley Saunders, heads to London to fight on the undercard of the Dereck Chisora bill promoted by Frank Warren at Wembley Arena on Saturday, July 20.

The trio are training hard under the watchful eye of head coach Peter Cope Snr and Alan Temple.

“It’s busy, but it’s exciting,” trainer Cope told SportMail.

“Peter is having only his second fight of the year and it’s important he gets a good win and performance because we’d like to get him moving towards championship contention.

“Anth has been an absolute dream to train, I could not ask any more from him.

“He reminds me so much of Nigel Wright and Alan Temple and I’m looking forward to seeing him make his debut.

“Bradley is going to be fighting for the first time in 2013 after his hand operation.

“He’s upping the power on the pads and he’s been sparring with the lads and things are looking good.

“There are still quite a few weeks to go for all three lads but we are preparing well.

“July is a massive month for us and it’s imperative it goes well.”

Hardy has gone pro at Gus Robinson Developments gym after a good amateur career with Horden Sportsman ABC.

And Cope Jnr says he has been impressed with what he has seen.

“It’s been good to train with him,” said the 21-year-old who has won all seven of his pro bouts.

“He’s improving all the time and always listens to my dad.

“Anth was a good amateur and with the right fights at the start of his career I can’t see why he won’t do well.

“We’ve got a great set of lads in the gym now and we all bouncing off each other.”

For ticket info for the Summer Rumble, contact Peter on 07815 991247.