Foot win key to ‘open doors’ – Jeffries

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PHIL Jeffries believes victory for Glenn Foot in his English title fight in London will “open loads of doors” for the Sunderland fight hero.

The 27-year-old challenges for Ahmet Patterson’s welterweight title at the 02 Arena on Saturday, February 28.

It is a match almost impossible to predict given the unbeaten fighters, once rivals at amateur level, have almost identical records.

Foot has won all 14 of his pro fights, six of his wins coming inside the distance, while Patterson is on the same number of victories, but has two fewer stoppages.

Both boxers have one notable success story apiece.

Foot lifted the 2013 Prizefighter welterweight tournament at Wolverhampton, reputedly winning a fair sum at the bookies after placing a handsome bet on himself.

Patterson’s moment of glory came last September when the Londoner stopped Yorkshire’s Chad Gaynor on away soil to take the English title in Sheffield.

Both men therefore still have much to prove as they look to take the step to the next level.

Jeffries believes the iconic 02 Arena will be where his thrill-a-minute warrior makes that leap.

“Glenn is one of the most exciting fighters out there,” he told the Echo.

“If he beats Patterson, it will open loads of doors.

“It will be great for him, Sunderland and the North East if he does it. I think the TV cameras will beckon. He has a massive fan base and the beauty about him is he can really fight.

“We are not in any promotional agreements with anyone, so if Glenn wins, which I’m confident he will, we’ll be in a very good position.”

So good in fact that a win would earn him a crack at the British title.

Frankie Gavin holds not only has a Lonsdale Belt in his Birmingham home but also possesses the Commonwealth crown.

But Jeffries does not anticipate seeing Gavin v Foot or certainly not for the above-mentioned titles.

“This is a British title eliminator,” said the Wearside fight figure.

“But I think Frankie Gavin will vacate. He’s left Frank Warren for Eddie Hearn and I believe Matchroom will move him towards world level.”

It would present a perfect opportunity for Foot providing he wins the 10-rounder which will be screened on BoxNation.

“Glenn is in absolutely fantastic shape,” added Jaffa. “(Coach) Davie Binns has really pushed him and Glenn looks fabulous.”