Both Glenn Foot and Paul Archer have both been denied the chance to shine on Boxnation TV tonight after their opponents pulled out of fights scheduled on the David Price undercard.
Archer’s opponent pulled out earlier in the week with an arm injury leaving the Phil Jeffries’ managed boxer gutted that he couldn’t make his inaugural television bow.
For Frank Maloney promoted Sunderland boxer Glenn Foot though, the cancellation only broke earlier today.
Earlier in the week Foot’s manager Phil Jeffries talked down the lure of impressing on television because Glenn has already featured before and his explosive style, accompanied by his great skill, makes him naturally impressive anyway and that is why Foot is one of very few North East boxers who have big promotional deals.
It will still be a huge disappointment for Glenn though because the former Sunderland ABC amateur has only boxed once in 2012 after getting his professional licence back in time to fight on Jeffries’ huge ‘Summer Rumble 2’ bill at The Stadium of Light.
Foot was explosive on that day against James Flinn winning in the third round when the referee was forced to step in and stop the fight.
Jeffries predicted that Glenn, now 7-0, would repeat that and gain another big stoppage win tonight over Lee Quinn, but sadly now that is not to be.
When announcing it on Facebook, under his promotional Pro Box North East page, Phil said he’d be looking to get Glenn out as soon as possible and that he was gutted for him.
Archer said of the cancellation: “I was really looking forward to the fight and it was a massive chance for me in front of the Boxnation cameras. It would have been the biggest show I had been involved in and the experience would have been invaluable, standing me in good stead for future fights. I am absolutely devastated about it, when something like this happens it just drains the energy right out of you.
“But I’m going to stay positive and keep training right through Christmas. I have been promised that the fight with Hughes is going to happen in the new year around February, but I’m unsure on the venue yet. Hopefully it comes off this time, and I will be raring to go as I will have trained around 5 months for the fight so I know I will be in great shape.”
Archer wanted this fight with Hughes because it was going to be a big step up for the bright prospect, fighting someone with a winning record for the first time.
Luckily for Paul he fought out in Darlington just two weeks ago on Stuart Hall’s commonwealth challenge card so the cancellation doesn’t leave as much worry about inactivity, but obviously the television opportunity for Paul is the big blow.
Both boxers should be back out very soon though and both could feature early next year on Jeffries’ next promotional show which he says is going to be a big one. Hopefully in March, Jeffries is hoping to have all the big North East fighters on the bill including Peter Cope, David Dolan and the Ward brothers and hopefully the elder of the brothers Martin could get his British title shot on that show.
Tonight should still be a busy one for North East boxing fans as both Price/Skelton in Liverpool and Andrew Flintoff’s fight in Manchester are both being televised over one Boxnation show.
Flintoff’s undercard features Stockton prospect Bradley Saunders and as we reported earlier this week, Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings fights Steve Williams for the vacant British Masters ‘Gold’ title on the Liverpool Aintree Racecourse bill.
commiserations to both Glenn and Paul and best of luck to Bradley and Kirk!