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THE GLEN Foot fast show is put to the test next weekend when he faces his most durable opponent yet.

Former Sunderland ABC amateur star Foot has made light work of his first two adversaries since turning professional late last year, claiming quickfire first-round stoppages against Duane Grimes and Vinny Woolford.

But the record of Birmingham-based journeyman Dee Mitchell suggests he will be a tougher nut to crack for the Marley Pots light-middleweight when the pair meet at Doncaster Dome on January 22.

Mitchell lost all seven bouts he had in 2010, but has been stopped just once in his 20-fight pro career – and that stoppage was due to injury.

Manager Phil Jeffries said: “I think it will be a real good test for Glen. I would like him to get a few rounds under his belt before he moves up to six rounds

“The Mitchell fight will be a four-rounder at 10st 9lb, but Glen will eventfully box at 10 stone and I think a lot of fighters at that weight will struggle with his aggression and power.

“He likes getting things finished quickly and that makes him exciting to watch, but I keep telling Glen it’s a marathon and not a sprint.”

Phil, who has seen son Tony make the transition from amateur star to professional pupil, added: “I’ve learned the pro game is 100 per cent different to the amateurs.

“The lads have to learn the trade. But Glen is itching to get back in the ring and he’s coming on great under the guidance of his coach Dave Binns.”

The Sky-televised Doncaster show is promoter Frank Maloney’s first of 2011, with Foot-Mitchell one of 13 fights on the night.

Local hero Jamie McDonnell (15-2-1) heads the line-up when he makes the second defence of his European bantamweight title against Belgian Stephane Jamoye (19-1).

McDonnell, 24, was one of Britain’s best performers last year, but faces a tough challenger whose only defeat came against unbeaten Japanese star Tomoki Kameda back in August.

Maloney said: “Jamie upset Ian Napa and Jermoe Arnould last year, but the pressure is now on him.

“He is fighting in his hometown and most people expect him to win and go on and challenger for world honours.”

Tickets for this bumper night of boxing, priced £60 and £30, are available from Phil Jeffries on 07747 611020, www.frankmaloney.com or 0871 226 1508.