Glenn Foot out to give ‘The Savage’ a shock in title bout

Sam Eggington and Glenn Foot, right.
Sam Eggington and Glenn Foot, right.
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Glenn Foot can bury five months of hurt tonight in the blink of an eye.

The Sunderland fighter collides with the boxer known as “The Savage”, Sam Eggington, for the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles at the Manchester Arena.

Given the records of the two rivals, it would be a surprise if the three ringside judges will be required to decide this explosive contest.

And for Foot, it’s the chance to become a mainline champion following the debacle of his English championship challenge at the end of February.

The 27-year-old was preparing to attend the weigh-in in London when his manager was informed title holder, Ahmet Patterson, had pulled out.

Weeks of training and sacrifice lay in ruins.

But now Foot is back and Eggington could be the man he takes his frustration out on.

“It was disgraceful what happened in London,” said Foot. “I was there ready to weigh in and then he pulls out.

“I was devastated, I was even thinking of packing it in.

“When you devote your life to boxing, to training, you miss out on so much.

“But now I have a chance for the Commonwealth and British titles and it’s an opportunity I’m going to take.”

Eggington will start as the favourite. He is already the Commonwealth champion having stopped Africa’s Joseph Lamptey in his last fight, while the vacant British title is up for grabs.

The 21-year-old, from Stourbridge, while not on home turf, will be in the Matchroom corner tonight.

But Foot says the Midlander is in for a “shock”.

The Marley Pots star said: “Sam likes to come forward, so we’ll go toe-to-toe for 12 rounds.

“He’s starting to come up the ranks. There’s a bit of buzz about him.

“I think that when he gets a live opponent who can punch, he’s in for a shock.

“It’s going to be a tough fight because he’s fit, he’s durable – but he doesn’t know what he’s in for tonight.

“I’ll show in this fight what I can actually do.

“I’ve got too much for him. Look at his amateur pedigree next to mine.

“I can fight, I can box. I can do whatever I want.”