Darlington debutant looking to make impression at Resurrection


Cooperman Ready to Fly into the light heavyweight division

At the other end of the scale, at Gateshead on the same night, a long since face of the past steps into the professional den. Darlington’s Steven Cooper, 28 years old, has not fought since leaving the amateur scene some seven years ago, makes his professional box at light heavyweight. How far he’ll go is anybody’s guess but he is ready to go, more so when you consider his build-up to this moment has been in the making for the best part of three years.

Of his moment in the ‘Resurrection’ spotlight Cooper said: “I’ve been snapping a lot and very much ready to go now.

“I’ve been training with former professional Oscar (now Mike) Hall at the Fitness Centre in Darlington for the best part of the last three years now. He’s been looking after me and knows what I want and what’s needed.

“It’ll not be just my debut though but his first as a professional coach as well, he’s done that in order to help me progress.

“I’m really excited about it all and can’t wait to get out there and to start making a name for myself. I’m not here to be a journeyman of any sort, I want to make an impression and, with my coach’s belief in me then I am definitely going to give this a really good go.”

Cooper’s debut arrives on the undercard of the return of Tyneside cruiserweight, Jon-Lewis Dickinson who, having lost to McKenzie at the Metro Radio Arena in his last outing earlier this year challenges Courtney Fry for the International Masters Gold strap.

The cruiserweight said: “Everything had gone pretty much to perfection for this fight.

“I’ve had no injury issues and what happened in the build-up to the McKenzie fight is done with. I’m definitely enjoying things a whole lot more and feel as though what happened last time out was more of an inconvenience really.

“I’m fully focused on this and trained like I have done, if not harder, than I have in other camps.”

The show at the Gateshead Leisure Centre, ‘Resurrection,’ put on by Dennis Hobson Promotions in association with Fighting Chance Promotions, looks like it will have the makings of a classic and sees the inclusion of a top rating Northern Area title clash heading up the undercard as Tyne takes on Wear for the welterweight strap with the undefeated duo of Robert Dixon and Lee Mould colliding.

Tickets are on general sale soon and will range from £35 standard to £75 platinum from fighters on the show, the Fighting Chance Media Officer, or via the ticket hotline 07544 222 089 and on the door.


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Posted on 29/11/2014, in Boxing, Fighting Chance and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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