North-East boxing is set for ANOTHER big title derby.
SportMail revealed last week that Hartlepool’s Daniel Cope would take on old friend and rival Tom Whitfield for the Northern Area welterweight championship at Gateshead in March.
It pitted the Gus Robinson Developments and Mal Gates stables together and they will now meet again in April after promoter Steve Wraith matched Anth Hardy and Lee Mould.
The boxers collide in Darlington for the Northern Area light-welterweight in a match up that looks every bit as exciting as Cope v Whitfield.
It is a real clash of styles, Hardy a long-range southpaw against “Lightning” Lee, the 25-year-old who loves to get inside and pound away at his opponent.
The duo boast similar records.
Hardy, the Hartlepool-based star, has eight wins from nine bouts, while Sunderland crowd-pleaser Mould, who boxes out of the Gates camp in South Shields, has lost once in eight appearances.
The only defeat on their respective records have been in English title challenges away from home.
Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope said: “It looks like being an absolute cracker.
“I think we’ll look to take a fight for Anth before then, but we have something to train for.
“Anth is going to have to use his boxing skills. Lee is a strong kid, he’ll stay and stay – one of the things you can say about Mould is there is no lack of bottle.
“They have sparred before and Lee had the better of it, but that was last year and Anth has come on a ton since then.”
Gates agrees with Cope about the strides made by the 23-year-old, from Horden.
“Anth is the most improved boxer in the North-East,” said the Harton & Westoe-based trainer. “I’ve told Lee that. I have the utmost respect for Hardy and Peter Cope.
“They are two nice lads and good fighters. I don’t think there will be any bad talk or anything like that.
“It’s a 50-50 fight and a great match for the North-East fans.
“They have lost only once and the defeats were in close English title fights.”