Hartlepool’s rising star Peter Cope has said that he does not mind being involved in a tear up after his battle with fellow North East boxer David Lake.
Cope moved his record to 7-0 on Friday night at the Rainton Meadows Arena, but was made to work hard for his victory against the always-spirited Lake.
Peter said: “I am always happy to win and I thought the night went very well and I was always in control. I have massive respect for Davey and he really came and gave it a go.
“Like I said before the fight, I always seem to be in good fights. I do see the red mist and enjoy a tear up because people pay hard earned money to come and support me so I like to put on a show.”
Peter may be just a prospect but has incredible support from his fans who call themselves Peter Cope’s Barmy Army. As always on Friday night they were incredibly loud and got behind their fighter, who admits is driven by the overwhelming support.
“The support is fantastic and is very overwhelming, and I can’t thank everyone enough. We are getting there slowly but surely!”
Cope was awarded the fight 40-37 on points in a fight that would have been better over a longer distance; something Peter certainly agrees with.
Nonetheless, the two gave a great battle and it was without doubt the fight of the night.
There was a little controversy as Peter scored a knock down in the third, but it angered Lake as he thought he’d stumbled. Peter, though, said:
“It was definitely a knock down, he was rushing in and I caught him off balance as he came in. I was happy to get into a fight, even though that was more David’s game and I felt comfortable doing it.”
The fight took place on the undercard of supremacy, headlined by Jon-Lewis Dickinson’s British title defence with David Dolan, which Dickinson won.
It was co-promoted by Frank Maloney and Phil Jeffries and Peter and David’s great bout was televised on Loaded TV. The Barmy Army’s incredible support did not go unnoticed and that could surely land Peter big fights in the future.
Peter will now look to get back in the gym and stay active. The featherweight is hoping for a busy 2013; possibly fighting again in April. While he thinks he is already capable of winning the Northern Area title, he says he is more likely to wait another 12 months before challenging for a bigger title like the English or the British.