Sunderland’s Glenn Foot showed heart, courage, durability and most importantly his boxing skill to win the coveted Prizefighter title on Saturday night in Wolverhampton.
With a strong eight-man field, many have described Saturday’s Prizefighter, the 28th in the popular series and the third involving welterweights, as the best yet as all eight gave it their all and provided seven action-packed bouts for fight fans. The decision to go with six young, unbeaten but relatively unknown fighters proved a good one, as all fought as though they had nothing to lose.
The man coming out on top and keeping his unbeaten record (moving to 10  – 0), as tipped by many including North East boxing legend and Sky Sports pundit Glenn McCrory, was Sunderland’s very own Glenn Foot.
Usually, Foot would campaign a weight below at light-welterweight but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take part in the competition promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, which has seen many winners and competitors gain considerable publicity and career rises due to their success in it.
Foot, of Marley Potts, took an army of fans to the Wolverhampton Civic Hall and they were as loud as any in the hall, perhaps helping Glenn along in his three tough fights.
He started in quarter-final against a tough and visibly bigger Steven Pearce, who before Saturday hadn’t even dropped a round in his first six outings.
Glenn changed that quickly though and got right on top of Pearce, hurting him with big right hands coming off the back of his solid jab. After dominant pressure the referee Mr. Steve Gray stopped it after one minute and 43 seconds of the second, guaranteeing Glenn a £2,000 knockout bonus.
In the semi-final the former Sunderland ABC amateur had to face the only man who looked better than him in the quarter-finals in Chad Gaynor. The 21 year-old Rotherham fighter had gone one better than Foot in his quarter against Callum Cooper with a first round stoppage in a very impressive offensive display.
When Gaynor got in the ring with Foot though, it was Foot who went on the offensive straight away and probably won the fight by
making sure he landed the first punch, hitting Gaynor like he’d probably never been hit before and causing him to be a little more conservative as a result.
In the second he did catch Glenn and rocked him early on, with slow-motion replays clearly showing the former England amateur’s frustration at being caught. That set up a thrilling last round but the Sunderland window cleaner, who probably edged the rest of the second, used his experience to tie up a lot and restrict Gaynor allowing him to take a unanimous decision and progress to the final.
There he met Welshman Dale Evans who had done very well in the first half of the draw winning twice on points, both unanimously, first against rookie Sam Eggington and then against pre-tournament favourite Mark Thompson.
By the end of his semi-final he had began to looked tired but despite that it was Evans who took the front foot. The 25 year-old Sunderland boxer though, showed his class and amateur pedigree that had earned him his England captaincy, showing there was more to his style than just offence.
He also needed to show a lot of heart to stay up in the last-minute after being visibly hurt by an Evans’ body shot but saw it out and took a tight majority decision to claim the prizefighter trophy and the £32,000 winner’s prize to add the £2,000 he’d already won for his TKO of Pearce.
Before the competition Glenn had said while it was nice, the money was not important though and had already admitted he was setting his sights on English light-welterweight champion (and former Prizefighter champion) Adil Anwar (Pictured above left).
The show was available live in America and at one point was trending fifth in the world on the social media site Twitter. No doubt Glenn’s performances will have earned him a lot of critical acclaim and new fans which will surely help his chances of securing that English and hopefully subsequent British title shot.
*Keep it here with Wear Boxing as we’ll hopefully speak with Glenn sometime this week and we’ll also have amateur news as the Tyne, Tees and Wear schoolboys ABA’s got under way yesterday.