South Shields-based Whitfield praised for putting unbeaten record on the line

UNBEATEN ... Tom Whitfield, left, with trainer Mal Gates.
UNBEATEN ... Tom Whitfield, left, with trainer Mal Gates.

SOUTH Shields-based fighter Tom Whitfield has been hailed for his “bottle” for putting his undefeated record “on the line” next month.

Whitfield, who has won his opening two professional bouts, will take on Hartlepool’s Daniel Cope on the Colossal bill at Houghton-le-Spring on Sunday, March 8.

The fight world is notorious for managers, trainers and boxers protecting unbeaten runs and sidestepping potential tricky matches.

But not on this occasion, as two of the North East’s up-and-coming prospects prepare to slug it out at Rainton Meadows Arena – Cope also boasting two wins from two.

Whitfield has joined the pro ranks relatively late – he is 28 – but has flourished in the Harton & Westoe gym of Mal Gates.

Promoter Phil Jeffries loves derby matches, and this South Shields v Hartlepool match has the makings of a cracker.

“I’m very, very excited by this bout,” said the Wearside fight figure, who is staging a mammoth 15-contest bill at Houghton-le-Spring.

“I must give top marks to Tom for having the bottle to take this on – and the same goes for young Copey.

“They are both prepared to put their unbeaten records on the line and not many do that.

“It was a very easy fight to make and it’s a great match which both lads wanted, and I think they are happy with the deals they got.

“I love derbies – I think North East derbies are better than title fights because there is so much pride at stake.

“Tom is a good boxer who is going well with Mal and I know the Copes very well – they’ll fight anyone.

“I’m so pleased to have Whitfield v Cope on my show.”