Glenn Foot is not fazed by the prospect of stepping into the world of Philip Bowes tonight.
The Sunderland star heads to the famous York Hall on the Eastender’s home patch for an intriguing clash for the vacant English light-welterweight title.
Bowes is in a rich seam of form – six straight wins including the best victory of his career last time out when he ended the unbeaten record of Norfolk star Nathan Dale in Norwich.
But the most pertinent stat on the record of the 32-year-old Londoner is that 12 of his 15 career successes have come at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
And the man known as ‘Quicksilver’ has another two strings to his bow – he’s a southpaw and has a distinct reach advantage.
But Foot is not concerned.
“I don’t mind where I fight,” he said. “For me, a ring is a ring.
“They are all the same, they have four posts, a canvas and it’s just me and him in there.
“The venue makes no difference to me – I’d fight him in my back garden!
“As for boxing a southpaw, I fought loads in the amateurs and I’ve been in with them as a pro.
“Southpaws are perfect for me – I’ve sparred with [Horden’s] Anth Hardy who has just come off the back of a very good win, but I handled him no problem.”
Foot said he was upset to miss out on a big European title fight in Norrköping this month against undefeated Swede Anthony Yigit.
But he says he has put the disappointment aside and his focus is fully on Bowes this evening.
“I was devastated at the time,” said the Marley Pots favourite, who has lost just once in 20 contests.
“But I’ve got my head on now and I want this English belt.
“I know what Bowes can do. I watched his last fight when Dale showed a bit of inexperience by rushing in and getting caught. I won’t make that mistake.”