THRILLED Sunderland boxer Glenn Foot has described his selection for the next round of Sky Prizefighter shows as “the big break I’ve been waiting for.”
And the unbeaten 25-year-old is determined to use the national exposure the fight night will bring early next year to prove he is one of the best and most exciting young fighters in the country.
Foot will star in the Prizefighter: Welterweights show at the City Hall in Wolverhampton on Saturday, January 19, battling for a winner-takes-all prize against seven other fellow pros.
And he told the Echo: “It’s brilliant – I was so excited when I heard the news because this is a chance to really catch the eye and make a mark.
“I’ve not lost a fight yet in the two years since I turned pro and being unbeaten is definitely good for your reputation, but appearing in something as big and established as this is a different thing altogether.
“It’s the big break I’ve been waiting for and I’m going to give it everything because I’m in it to win it.
“There’s not a great deal of time before the fight night and I’m in training already because I want to be in the best shape possible.”
Foot is one of the first five boxers selected. Alongside him will be fellow unbeaten welterweights Dale Evans and Chad Gaynor as well as experienced pros “Notorious” Nasser Al Harbi and Karl Place.
Promoter Barry Hearn of Matchroom will now select the last three participants from 20 other hopefuls.
But Foot is already confirmed on the bill and is looking forward to his moment in the limelight in front of a national audience.
He said: “I think Prizefighter is absolutely tailor-made for my style, because I like to come out and get stuck in.
“I can fight tactically if I have to, but, over three-round contests, I think you’ve generally just got to come out and go for it and that suits me.
“I’ll just go out and look to get the job done and hopefully I can do myself credit.
“It’s going to be incredibly tough because every opponent will be a good one.
“But I’m looking forward to that, too.
“I want to take a step up and I’m glad that the boxers I’ll be facing will be just as keen as me to come out looking to win the fight, rather than spoil or last the distance.”