Area title clash to light up Shields undercard


(Cope, above, at his recent English title weigh-in; and Green, below, at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough)


Regional duo aiming to light up Shields undercard with Area clash 

Northern Area title fights have been few and far between in recent times throughout the north east, in fact there have only been four in the past four years. Prior to that then you have to go back to 2004 for Ryan Kerr’s seventh round stoppage of Gary Dixon, at the Federation Brewery, for one.

Come the afternoon of October 12 in South Shields, Temple Park will bear witness to a different affair as seasoned veteran, Hartlepool’s Peter Cope, 9-1, challenges for the lightweight strap against unbeaten Middlesbrough lad, John Green, 2-0-1(1). It’s looking like it could be a one not to be missed.

Dating back to the thirties when Leeds’ Jim Learoyd, 96-26-15(24), contested five in succession (winning three) the lightweight strap has been a title of enigma and intrigue. The thirties was its heyday but, if you jump to a night in 1990 then a certain Paul Charters claimed the strap with a ten round success over Martin P. Gray in Northampton (Charters would go on to challenge for the EBU European strap later the following year). More recently and the strap was again contested in Hartlepool as Gary Fox defeated Neil Hepper with a fifth round stoppage from what a classic bout for the neutrals.

Now though it is the turn of either Cope or Green to write themselves into the annals of boxing history.

For Cope it will be a first step back up the ladder having given heart and soul in his English title loss to Mitchell Smith in July. During the fight with Smith the Hartlepool favourite was put on the canvas for only the second time in the paid ranks and he’ll be looking at righting a few wrongs when he takes on Green.

Elated that another opportunity has come along so soon after the last, more so when you consider what had transpired for him and his camp over the previous twelve months or so the title challenger said: “I’ve already won the International Masters so it’ll be great to add the Northern Area strap to my collection.

“There are no real excuses for what happened but I hadn’t been in the ring as much as I’d have liked but I gave everything I had and I promise that I will get back to where I was straight away. I’ve had a few weeks off afterwards then got back in the gym and been ticking over, waiting for this so I’ll sure be fit and ready for it.

“I am looking at being a lot better, sharper, and I’m enjoying myself again, enjoying the sport and that make a big difference. Now, after all that’s happened, I’ve got motivation, the incentive, to push on. It’s all mapped out for me to have a good finish to the year and I can’t wait.”

With the experience that is Cope, the flip side of the coin you could well say is John Green.

Having only debuted a few months ago the Teessider, who trains with Paul Hamilton at the DBMA Darlington gym, could be forgiven for those thinking he has jumped the gun a little. The opportunity, although catching Green and his camp by surprise, is one they couldn’t afford to reject and one they cannot really lose.

“I was actually training for an eight rounder on the George Groves undercard anyway but my opponent pulled out just before,” admitted Green

“Yes I may have not been in action for a few years but I’ve been in the gym and got a few quick outing under my belt already. I won the Novices as an amateur in 2008 but needed to get out of there, seeing Josh (Leather) turn over and do what he inspired me to do so as well.

“I’m looking forward to this as we really didn’t see it coming but I’ll tell you now, it will be a good fight and I hope to cause an upset on the night.”

Cope vs. Green is chief support for the ‘Winner takes it All’ undercard which will take place at Temple Park, South Shields on the afternoon of Sunday October 12. Tickets are on sale now and are priced at £50 ringside and £30 standard and from the usual outlets, all fighters on the card and from the Wraith Promotions website.




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Posted on 11/10/2014, in Boxing, Wraith Promotions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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