Phil Jeffries’ promotional hub Pro Box North East have this week announced that Prizefighter champion Glenn Foot will return in April, topping another fantastic bill at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
The show, on Friday April 12, will be headlined by Foot’s triumphant return after winning Prizefighter Welterweights III back in January. He is likely to contest over eight rounds on the bill.
The announcement of the show is another huge boost to North East boxing with Steve Wraith having also announced his comeback promotional show a month later in May . It comes off the back of Jeffries’ very successful co-promoted show with Frank Maloney last month (Supremacy) and means there’s plenty of opportunities for our young talented boxers to stay busy and as fans we are spoilt for choice with shows.
Foot made himself a huge draw in January after defeating three other men in one night to take home the coveted Prizefighter crown and gained a lot of positive exposure as a result of the Sky TV coverage.
After nursing a shoulder injury and turning down a title shot offered by the British Board at welterweight (he wants to campaign at light-welterweight), Foot is now ready to return and put his name in the mix at 140 pounds.
“I’m ready to get back in now, I can’t wait. I could have had that title fight at welterweight but I’m a light-welterweight and that’s the weight I feel most comfortable at.
“I think I need an eight-rounder and then a ten-rounder and after that I should be ready to challenge for titles. The names I’m looking at are Steve Williams, Curtis Woodhouse and of course Darren Hamilton. They are the type of names I want.”
Since Prizefighter though many have requested to see a rematch of Glenn’s semi-final match-up with Chad Gaynor, who he beat on points over three rounds in a barnstormer.
Gaynor himself called Foot out after winning his comeback fight on the 22nd February but Foot has other plans.
“If the chance came up I would fight Gaynor again,” Glenn said. “But why? I have that win so winning that fight again does nothing for me. I want to move forward and Gaynor is not in my league.”
The Sunderland boxer even joked: “If I couldn’t knock him out inside five rounds I think I’d consider retirement!”
Names also announced to join Foot on the April bill include Sunderland’s Lee Mould.
Training with Mal Gates, Mould has made an impressive start in the pro ranks and is currently 3-0, but has showed far more maturity than the record suggests.
Mould’s body shots are particularly affective and eye-catching but he hasn’t appeared since beating Ryan McNicol in November last year. He’ll be hoping April will see him move to 4-0 and start a more active year for him.
Another Sunderland boxer in Kirk Goodings is set to feature. Goodings’ last outing was also in November, but his outing ended in defeat and the sbsequent loss of his unbeaten record.
Despite that though, live on BoxNation, Goodings gained many fans because at short notice he ran Steve Williams (aforementioned) very closely over 12 rounds in a very tight bout.
Many even thought Kirk had done enough against a far more experienced opponent in Williams, who since went on to challenge for the British title, but Kirk will have learnt a lot from the defeat. After being somewhat of a road warrior, it will be fantastic to see the Sunderland boxer back in the North East.
Three men who impressed on the Supremacy undercard last month all return to the same arena.
Gary Fox, the current lightweight Northern Area champion, will look to move to 11-1 after another impressive showing last month.
Fox beat Mark McKray in a first round TKO in what was a short but fantastic contest. His one defeat came early on against journeyman William Warburton, which he later avenged, and anyone regularly watches Fox will know that action is guaranteed.
The second returning fighter is Hartlepool’s popular Peter Cope who impressed on the Jon-Lewis Dickinson/ David Dolan undercard in a North East derby clash with another Gates trained boxer in David Lake. Cope, who holds the International Masters super-bantamweight title, won on points against Lake and moved to 7-0.
His always fantastic support will no doubt be out in force again as Cope looks to step closer to a domestic title.
The final boxer from Supremacy is the stablemate of both Mould and Lake. Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson is on the bill and is another treat for the fans because he too is action guaranteed.
Rob Ismay, Tommy Ward, Paul Truscott, Shafiq ‘Chubzy’ Asif and Chris Bennett are also announced to appear.
Tickets are on sale next week from all boxers on the bill or from Jeffries at 07747611020. They are priced at £30 or £60 for ringside.