One of boxing’s great stories has suffered an unhappy ending.
Hartlepool’s Cope brothers, Peter and Daniel, have quit Gus Robinson Developments, whose coach is their dad, Peter Snr.
The pair, who have amassed 18 wins between them in 22 bouts, have switched to Neil Fannan’s gym and will now be managed by Phil Jeffries.
Cope Snr told SportMail that he was “devastated” by the departure of his two eldest boxing sons from the West View Road camp.
The Copes also boasts three gifted young amateurs, Adam, Luke and Joe, with the family seen as one of the town’s great sporting success stories.
“It’s a personal issue, which will remain private,” said Peter Snr.
“It has northing to do with boxing and it was Peter and Daniel’s decision to leave.
“I’m absolutely devastated, I don’t think I’ve ever felt this low in my life.
“They asked to be released from their contracts, which we’ve done, and me and everyone at Gus Robinson Developments wish them all the best.
“I’m confident Peter can get back into English title contention and Daniel should have a Northern Area championship fight coming up which I’m sure he’ll win.
“I’m pleased they will be trained by Neil.
“He’s an excellent coach and a man I have the utmost respect for.”
Peter was the Gus Robinson Developments camp’s star turn, the 25-year-old just having won a Challenge belt by outpointing Abdon Caeser in Gateshead, his 13th pro victory.
Daniel, a year his senior, began his pro career later than the southpaw, and boasts five wins and a solitary defeat, to Tom Whitfield, which he hopes to avenge this autumn.
And new boss Jeffries is excited by his new additions.
“It’s great to have signed the Copes,” he said. “I’m buzzing.
“We’ll be looking to get them back in the ring as soon as possible.”