Foot will be happy to go the distance

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GLENN Foot would be happy if his English welterweight championship challenge goes the distance in London tomorrow.

Sunderland’s fight star is in the capital where he is confident of snatching the belt from holder Ahmet Patterson.

I think of how to wear the opponent down, it’s not just one gameplan where I go in there to stop them.

The Londoner will start as the favourite, having won the title on the load in Sheffield last autumn against Chad Gaynor, the 27-year-old stopping the Leeds boxer in five rounds.

Patterson possesses the greater experience over 10 rounds, the distance the bout at the 02 Arena is scheduled for.

The Londoner has been 10 three times in his career while his last appearance was an eight-round points victory over thev previously-unbeaten Sullivan Mason at the ExCel Arena last November.

Foot, on the other hand, has yet to box over 10 rounds and his longest bout was a seventh-round stoppage of Jason Cook at Rainton Meadows Arena in April 2013.

The 27-year-old had made his name in the 2013 Prizefighter, the thrill-a-minute tournament which involves three three-round contests on the same night.

But Foot says Patterson and his team should not view him as merely a sprint-distance fighter.

“It will be the biggest mistake they ever make if they do,” Foot told the Echo. “They will get the biggest shock of their lives.

“The more rounds the better for me.

“Prizefighter is a totally different concept.

“It’s only three rounds, you have to be fast and you have to have a gameplan.

“When I won Prizefighter, I had three different game-plans for each fight.

“This is a 10-rounder, you need a good engine and you just have to keep ticking away.

“You have a chance to box and pick your shots and that’s what I’ll do.”

Foot looks in tremendous shape and has worked hard under coach David Binns at the East Durham College gym in Peterlee.

The Marley Pots man says his image as a brawler is not a fair one and he has ability as well as aggression.

“I am a good boxer. People don’t seem to know that,” he said.

“I think of how to wear the opponent down, it’s not just one gameplan where I go in there to stop them.

“I can be a slow starter, but I will settle, pick my shots and, because I know I’m in good shape, I am happy with a long fight.

“A long fight allows you to pick an opponent’s weakness and them exploit it.

“I’m fit and ready to do the full 10 rounds if that’s what it takes.”

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