Daniel Cope is just three weeks away from making his fifth appearance as a professional – and his team have requested “a fight.”
Not that the 25-year-old has been ‘looked after’ with easy contests in his early days as a pro, with the Hartlepool welterweight prospect twice taking on unbeaten boxers.
He is still young and a work in progress but he needs fights, he needs to build his experiencePETER COPE SNR
But coach – and father – Peter Cope says the Gus Robinson Developments camp have asked the matchmaker for the show at Dunston on Friday, September 19 for a tough test.
“Dynamite” Daniel has lost just once to date, a six-round derby cracker with Tom Whitfield, though he bounced back last time out with a victory over Danny Little at the Borough Hall.
“We’ve no idea about the identity of the opponent yet,” said Cope Snr.
“But I’ve been on to the matchmaker to ask for a fight for Daniel.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with him, everything about him in fact.
“He is still young and a work in progress but he needs fights, he needs to build his experience.
“I think it’s important this time to get a bit of a fight.
“I thought he was very good against Tom and possibly his inexperience cost him – but I think he was still worth a draw and if the fight had been down here he might have got it.
“He wasn’t as good against Danny but it was still a decent win and I’m looking forward to seeing him box at Dunston.
“Daniel is strong, can punch, but needs rounds.”
The Gus Robinson Developments head coach says he has been impressed by his son in the West View Road HQ.
“He has come on loads,” he told SportMail.
“There was a time he couldn’t touch Anth Hardy but now he has no problems and has sparred with Greg O’Neil and done well with him and Greg can dig.
“I’m taking him sparring tomorrow with Lee Mould.
“Lee is a proper handfull but I have no qualms now about putting Daniel in with him, that’s how much he’s progreessed.
“Daniel is in fantastic shape, I couldn’t have asked any more from him.”
Top of the bill at the Lancastrian Suite is a Sunderland derby between Glenn Foot and Kirk Goodings.
For tickets, contact Peter on 07815 991247.