Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Green Can Hit Back, Says Trainer as Undefeated Record Goes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Green Can Hit Back, Says Trainer as Undefeated Record Goes

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JOHN Green's trainer Paul Hamilton says the Middlesbrough boxer gained more than he lost from his Northern Area lightweight title defeat to Peter Cope.

Green's unbeaten record fell by the wayside in his fourth professional fight as he lost 96-95 to the more seasoned Hartlepool southpaw at Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields.

But Darlington Boxing and Martial Arts Academy coach Hamilton says the 25-year-old can only grow from the experience.

Green continually fell in to clinches as orthodox and southpaw styles clashed when he charged forward to get on the inside.

But he showed good fitness and punch resistance in his first 10-round contest while landing the occasional hard shot at long range, although referee Andrew Wright's score was at odds with many at ringside who thought Cope was a comfortable winner.

"We took a bit of a risk with the bout and yes, Greeny lost, but he has gained a lot and will learn so much from it," Hamilton said. …

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