Glenn Foot is looking forward to stepping back into the ring for the first time since winning Prizefighter, and in Wales’ Jason Cook he has the perfect name to put his name high in the light-welterweight rankings.
Sunderland’s Foot is currently ranked 14 in the latest British rankings, but that is up at welterweight; the division he won Prizefighter in January.
After recovering from an elbow injury that almost forced him out of Prizefighter, Glenn is now looking to use Cook’s big name to help his progression towards a title at light-welterweight, where he is more comfortable.
The bout is chief support on the Phil Jeffries and Frank Maloney co-promoted show at the Rainton Meadows Arena on Friday (April 19), which is topped by Jon-Lewis Dickinson’s second British title defence against Mike Stafford. It will also be televised on Sky freeview channel 200 Loaded TV.
Cook is now 38 year-old and he hasn’t boxed since October 2011 so it would appear his best years are behind him.
His better years were spent at lightweight where he won the European and IBO championships. He has had success at light-welterweight though and has twice fought for the British title at 147lbs.
The first came after an impressive showing in Prizefighter. He lost in the semi-final to Gavin Rees – who recently fought Adrien Broner – and that led to a shot at Lenny Daws in February 2010. A draw, after a very credible performance, meant Cook didn’t win the title.
Another shot came 18 months later against Ashley Theophane but that time he was KO’d in the tenth round. In the build up to this fight Jason has told various people in the media that he believes he’ll have too much for the younger Foot.
Glenn has responded saying: “Well we’ll see what happens on the night. I’m very confident though, I wouldn’t have taken the fight if I didn’t think I could win.
“I think I can make a big statement by beating Cook in this fight. We had four opponents pull out of the fight because they didn’t want to fight me so credit to Cook for wanting the fight.”
Glenn continued: “He’s had good experience and he’s a big name but he’s 38, I’m 25 and I’m in my peak so we shall see.”
When asked about his plans for the fight Glenn also joked: “I’ve got many plans for the fight but I’m not going to tell you! You’ll have to wait until Friday.”
He assured that the elbow problem had now fully cleared and his preparation had gone well. He is also proving to be a ticket seller, offing between 150 to 200 tickets to supporters.
Glenn concluded by saying: “I don’t want to be in boring fights. After Prizefighter I’m looking at making a real career out of boxing and Jason is a fighter who is going to come to fight to win not just sit back. I’m glad that it’ll be on TV too.”
*Promoter Phil Jeffries is keeping busy and tomorrow night (Thursday April 18) his amateur club, The Olympian, hosts a night of amateur boxing at Farringdon Social Club. It starts at 7pm with tickets priced at £12.