GLENN Foot made an emotional and successful return to the ring following a career-threatening arm injury when he overcame Brighton hard-nut Kevin McCauley yesterday, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.
The 26-year-old from Marley Pots in Sunderland was the victim of a cowardly knife attack in December which left him in intensive care and put question marks over his boxing future.
But yesterday at the Stadium of Light’s Summer Rumble 4, he got his career back on track with a hard-fought victory over McCauley, who ensured the Wearsider had the fullest of workouts.
The south-coast scrapper had won only 11 of his 89 fights, but he is nothing if not durable and he ensured that Foot’s return would be a proper punch-up, rather than a simple procession.
Foot’s return to the ring was marked by one of the biggest roars of the afternoon, with the welterweight enjoying tremendous support from the crowd who were fully behind him from first minute to last.
The 26-year-old was spoken to by the referee in the first round after a clash of heads, but the bout was fought out in a sporting spirit by both boxers who recognised each others’ abilities.
Foot was dominant and grew increasingly so as the contest wore on, but McCauley soaked up punishment and even egged his opponent on as he lay back on the ropes.
That was the cue for Foot to lace into McCauley who, to his credit, absorbed the punishment and looked to hit on the break.
There was no doubting the gulf in class and the eventual winner, though, with Foot recording a 40-36 victory in the four-round contest and saluting supporters after his victory with his daughter Jenny May in the ring.