Hartlepool’s Peter Cope gets the chance to put recent frustrations behind him on December 7, when he appears at Newcastle’s Centre for Sport on Ringstar Promotions’ maiden show.
The undefeated super-featherweight was due to challenge Newcastle’s Dougie Curran for the Northern Area title in September but, after Curran was forced out through injury, ‘Copey’ was left high and dry.
Now, as part of the undercard to Martin Ward’s Commonwealth bantamweight title challenge against Gabriel Odoi Laryea, Peter is desperate to get back between the ropes and remind people why he is rated as one of the top prospects from the North East.
“I’m really looking forward to the show,” said Cope, who is will be having his ninth fight, “and it’s been good to work with Mark [Clauzel] who knows what it’s like from a fighter’s point of view.
“I was devastated about the Curran fight. I’d locked myself away for eight weeks and was in the best shape of my life, but I believe everything happens for a reason. I don’t think Curran wants the fight.
“It’s been frustrating for me because I’m happy to fight anyone at feather or super-feather but not really getting any opportunities.”
Next up, the 22-year-old is slated to take on experienced former British title challenger, Sean Hughes. The Yorkshireman has been in with some of Britain’s best little men, including Hartlepool’s former world title challenger Michael Hunter, and Cope is expecting a tough fight.
“I want titles next year, maybe an English or Commonwealth, and I want to gain some championship experience. I feel I’ve done my apprenticeship and I’d like to test myself.
“I think Sean Hughes is better than I have fought previously, so I expect a hard tricky fight and I need a good performance to get myself on track again.”
Promoter Mark Clauzel stated: “Peter is a very good fighter and he proved how tough he is when he came through a real war with Gavin Reid last year. He’s not had much luck with injuries and pull-outs but if he can come through his fight with Sean Hughes then hopefully we can get something big for him next year. Hughes will be no pushover though so he’ll have to be on top form.
“This show will be fantastic entertainment and the headliner, Ward versus Laryea, will be worth the ticket price alone. The undercard is full of some of the North East’s best fighters and this is just the start of some very big things for boxing in Newcastle.”
Ringstar Promotions presents Martin Ward contesting the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight championship against Gabriel Odoi Laryea at Newcastle’s Centre for Sport on December 7. The undercard will feature Hartlepool’s Peter Cope; South Shields’ Anthony Nelson; Newcastle’s Andrew Buchanan; County Durham’s Tommy Ward; Gateshead’s Rob Ismay; Northumberland’s Lewis Scott, and Sunderland’s Danny Hughes.
Tickets are available from all boxers or from the Centre for Sport on 0191 241 7700.