Sunderland’s Glenn Foot has his eyes set on British light welterweight champion Adil Amwar ahead of his big chance to shine on Saturday in Matchroom Boxing’s Prizefighter Welterweights III competition.
Despite usually boxing at light welterweight, Glenn will step up in Wolverhampton on Saturday for the chance to win £32,000 and seriously raise his profile on the popular Sky Sports televised show.
The money is no motivation for the Marley Potts boxer though. While he does admit the £32,000 would be nice, Foot gave up his Christmas and New Year celebrations in order to train and be in the best shape he could so that he could make a name for himself on prizefighter – like so many others before him – and use it as a stepping stone to Adil Anwar and his British title.
The competition will take place at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall and will be live on Sky Sports 1.
Many have touted the undefeated ‘Mackem’, managed by Phil Jeffries and trained by David Binns, as an early favourite with his aggressive style likely to suit the nature of the series where the winner will have fought in three fights in one night, with each fight consisting of 3×3 minute rounds. This is despite the fact that Glenn has only fought once in the last 15 months.
The 2010 ABA finalist will have some stiff competition from the eight-man field though. Heywood’s experienced 31 year-old Mark Thompson has also been tipped by many to go all the way. Boasting a 24 (14) -2(2) record, Thompson was on the verge of a British welterweight title shot in 2010 when he won a unanimous decision over Kevin McIntyre in a title eliminator, only to spend two years out due to troubles outside the ring.
He returned in April last year after signing with rising promoter David Coldwell, beating Martin Welsh in a tight contest before controversially losing in Germany in September to John Culcay in a fight for the WBA inter-continental light middleweight title; the referee costing Thompson that night by stepping in and waving it off far too early with many people having the Englishman up on their scorecards. Thompson could be a big threat to Glenn and the other Prizefighters but the tip is for the fast pace to catch up to an aging Thompson.
Another experienced boxer in Rob Hunt could stand in the way of Glenn as he could also look to use home advantage count in his native West Midlands. The 27 year-old boasts a record of 16 (1) – 1 (1) – 2, however his career was somewhat derailed in 2010 when he lost his only fight to Ben Lawler for the British Masters title, being knocked down three times early on before the referee waved it off in the sixth.
He’s fought just three times since the Lawler defeat in November 2010 (winning twice, with a draw in between) and is therefore hoping to kick-start his career on Saturday. What could cost him is his lack of knockout power though and the fact that his only meaningful fight saw him take a brutal beating – something a talent such as Glenn could easily emulate.
Glenn is undefeated at 7-0 and making this night all the more special is the fact that the other five on the bill are also (six undefeated fighters in total). Chad Gaynor is perhaps the most formidable of these. The 21 year-old from Rotherham has a record of 9-0 with four finishing early including two TKO first round victories over Carl Allen and Johnny Greaves who had amassed over 150 fights between them at the time Gaynor fought them.
The Rotherham boxer is also a member of Coldwell’s stable and in the past has sparred with Kell Brook. All this learning that he has done could serve him well in his first meaningful night in the ring and Glenn may have to hope that the occasion is too big and comes too early this time for the youngster.
The other four names on the list are locals Callum Cooper, 24 and 4-0; Steven Pearce, 28 and 6 (1) – 0; Dale Evans, 21 4 (3) – 0 – 1; and lastly Sam Eggington, 19 and 3-0.
Pearce became a professional quite late in 2011 at 26 and both Sam, Dale and Steven are still very early into their careers. Eggington in fact will become the youngest ever competitor in Prizefighter history. This competition could come too soon for them.
Nothing is ever certain in Prizefighter though and Glenn has left nothing to chance, training ferociously since he got confirmed for the bill. Hopefully, for Glenn and North East boxing, he can bring home the crown on Saturday night.
*As this is the first article of 2013, we would just like to wish all of our supporters a happy new year, things are looking very bright for North East Boxing in the early stages of 2013 and Wear Boxing will be there every step of the way. Thanks once more for your incredible support!