BOXING champion Peter Cope is raring to go for another North-East derby.
Cope became Hartlepool’s newest fight hero when he outpointed Redcar warrior Gavin Reid to become the International Masters super-bantam title winner at the Summer Rumble in Sunderland in July.
The 21-year-old is now counting down the days to his next appearance – in his hometown on Sunday, September 30. Cope has been matched with another fighter from the region, South Shields star “Dynamite” David Lake at the Borough Hall. His belt will not be at stake but his coach – and dad – told SportMail that did not matter.
Peter Cope Snr, head trainer at the Gus Robinson Developments team, said his son was desperate to do well.
“The momentum is building and each time he fights he gets more people going to support him,” said Peter Snr.
“The win over Gavin was something amazing, especially the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light.
“Peter is grateful for his support and while he likes to put on a show for the crowd anyway, he wants to give the people value for money.
“He is very conscious of the fact that people are spending a few quid on their day out and he wants to entertain them.
“Peter certainly did that at the Stadium of Light and he can’t wait to fight in the Borough Hall again.
“He probably tried too hard there in March but I think this time he will perform well and win.
“It is not a title contest but we are still building his experience – that was only his sixth fight when he beat Reid.
“This will be a six-rounder and probably a prelude for another title bout next year.”
The gifted Cope is likely to be the chief support to the exciting main event – Martin Ward’s challenge for the vacant English bantamweight belt against top-line operator Jason “Too Smooth” Booth, from Nottingham.
Tickets are already on sale and for information, contact Peter on 07815991247.
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