COACH Peter Cope will not rush any of his young crop of boxing talent.
But that will not stop the head trainer at Gus Robinson Developments looking for a step up in performance from Anth Hardy.
Rome wasn’t built in a day but it’s coming.PETER COPE SNR
The unbeaten Hartlepool-trained lightweight has reeled off six straight wins as a pro and can make it seven if he can beat Fonz Alexander at the Borough Hall on Friday.
Cope and right-hand-man Alan Temple have been working hard on making Hardy busier inside the square ring.
There is nothing wrong with the 23-year-old’s skill set, far from it, the Horden fighter is pleasing on the eye.
But, like many a southpaw, he prefers to counterpunch rather than be the all-out aggressor.
“We’re in no mad rush with Anth,” said Cope. “Or any of the lads, they are all young fellas
“Anth has got it all, he’s a good boxer and a tremendous professional.
“What we’d like is to get him to stand still a bit more and put more weight into his shots.
“You can’t change from a counter-puncher who favours being in the back foot overnight.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day but it’s coming.
“What we’re looking for is for Anth to build on his last performance.”
In that fight, Hardy looked good in outpointing one of the sport’s great journeymen, Delroy Spencer, in South Shields last October.
“It was a good display, probably the best he’s boxed,” added Cope. “We want him to keep that going.”
Hardy will be joined on the 10-fight bill by Gus Robinson Developments team-mates, Peter and Daniel Cope, and fellow Horden fighter Liam Cammock.
For ticket info, contact Peter on 07815991247.