A PROFESSIONAL boxer could be jailed after viciously attacking a bouncer at a fighting event.
Glenn Foot’s promising career may be left in ruins after he lashed out during a sports meeting at the Pullman Lodge in Seaburn.
The assault left victim Robert Bute with a broken ankle, a black eye, cuts, bruising and a severely lacerated finger.
Foot, of Marley Pots denied he was responsible for attacking Mr Bute when trouble flared at the event.
But jurors convicted him of assault by a 10-2 majority after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
The 24-year-old, of Marley Crescent, now faces having his licence revoked by boxing authorities and spending time behind bars.
At the conclusion of the case Foot’s barrister Michael Rose told the court: “He is in work, in that he is a professional boxer. That is his occupation.”
Judge Guy Whitburn said: “That is not going to last long when the boxing authorities get hold of this conviction.”
Just last month, welterweight Foot was celebrating his sixth unbeaten fight after scoring a 59-55 win over Blackburn fighter Ali Shah at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.
Mr Bute, who works as a doorman, suffered a catalogue of injuries during the incident on February 11 this year.
Foot, who was not taking part in the organised fighting, denied any involvement, but jurors rejected his account after deliberating for almost four hours.
Judge Whitburn granted Foot bail until the sentencing hearing later this month.
But the judge told him: “You are a professional boxer. You said you kept your boxing to the ring. That clearly has been rejected by the jury.
“I regard this as a serious assault, it involved a man having a broken ankle, a black eye, cuts, bruising and a severely lacerated finger.
“It was a cowardly, thoroughly unpleasant attack. A custodial sentence may well be inevitable.
“I make it clear that it may well be you will be sent to prison.”