23rd January 2012
|Prizefighter champion Glen Foot|
After his winning Prizefighter exploits, Sunderland’s Glenn Foot is in line for a short break and then some exciting future fights, according to manager Phil Jeffries.
On Saturday January 19, at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, the Mackem welterweight tore through the opposition to win the eight-man, knock out tournament, taking his ledger to 10-0 (5) and acquiring a legion of new admirers in the process.
Foot, 25, set out his stall by stopping Stourbridge’s previously unbeaten Steven Pearce in the second round of his quarter-final bout, before taking on Rotherham prospect Chad Gaynor in a thrilling semi-final contest.
Aggressive from the outset, Glenn had Gaynor hurt in the first session before the 21-year-old rallied, showed his mettle and caught Foot flush himself in the second. Ultimately the North East man’s relentless pressure and punch output told, with the judges awarding him a unanimous victory – and a £32,000 showdown with Welsh puncher Dale Evans.
Showing he’s more than just a one-trick-pony, Foot elected to box against the Welshman for the first two stanzas of the final, before getting drawn into a war in the last. A well-paced body shot from Evans had the Wearsider gasping as the final bell neared, but Foot gritted his teeth, saw it through, and claimed a split-decision verdict, along with the Prizefighter trophy.
“He was fantastic,” stated Jeffries afterwards, “and I was telling everyone beforehand he would win.
“We’ll let him enjoy a rest and then we’ll sit down after that and take it from there.
“I’d like to go to the British Boxing Board though and try and get him an eliminator [for the British title] at either welter or light-welter because we think he can make 10 stone.
“Chad Gaynor’s a good fighter and if the money was right we could do it again,” explained Phil, when asked about a future potential rematch with the Yorkshireman, “but I think Chad needs Glenn more than the other way around and we’ve got bigger fish to fry now.”
By John Hannen
North East Fight Scene