Foot fired up for long-awaited return to action

Glenn Foot (black and gold) takes on  Kevin McCauley in the summer. Picture By Joe Spence

Glenn Foot (black and gold) takes on Kevin McCauley in the summer. Picture By Joe Spence

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GLENN Foot will take his dream for British title glory one fight at a time as he prepares to return to the ring in Houghton next month.

The all-action Sunderland star will be on the bill promoted by his manager, Phil Jeffries, at Rainton Meadows Arena on Sunday, November 30.

It will be a warm-up for his crack at the English welterweight championship, currently in the ownership of London’s Ahmet Patterson.

The Turkish-born East Dulwich fighter, known as “Punch Picker” looks a top operator – he has won all 13 of his contests, including four via stoppage.

Foot’s sights, ultimately, are on British champ Frankie Gavin, so if he must be at the top of his game, highlighting the need for a good display next month.

“I can’t wait to fight again, I’m hoping for a bit of a change in luck,” said Foot, who has boxed only once this year and completed just eight rounds in a difficult and frustrating 18 months.

“This bout (at Rainton Meadows Arena) will be a six-rounder and an ideal warm up for the English title fight.

“Patterson is a good kid, but I don’t think I’ll have a problem with him.

“It would be great to become English champion, but it’s also a British title eliminator, so if I beat him I can strike for Frankie Gavin, who is beatable.

“But I need to get this fight out of the way first and then take it from there.”

Foot’s only bout in 2014 was at the Summer Rumble at the Stadium of Light, where he defeated Kevin McCauley.

His presence on next month’s Houghton show will be eagerly anticipated by the popular Marley Pots entertainer.

“I think the supporters know what to expect from me,” the 26-year-old told the Echo.

“I’ve got a good fanbase and I’m looking forward to boxing in front of them again.”

Foot is at work in the East Durham College gym in Peterlee with coach David Binns as he builds up to November 30.

“Binnsy is happy ... I hope,” smiled the boxer. “I’m just looking forward to getting back on track.

“I don’t know who I’ll be fighting at Rainton Meadows. To be honest, we’ve never talked about it yet.

“I’m just pleased to be back and getting ready for this show.”

Fellow Binns-trained boxer Jonson McClumpha will also be in action at Houghton, while Kirk Goodings and Tommy Ward are other local stars lined up for the bill dubbed “The Cream of the Crop”.

For ticket info, contact Phil on 07747 611020.