Sunderland boxer Glenn Foot backed to take Ahmet Patterson’s English title at O2 Arena

Glenn Foot (left)
Glenn Foot (left)
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DAVID Binns believes Glenn Foot is in “a different league” to English champion Ahmet Patterson – and will prove it on Saturday night.

Binns will be in the away corner in the 02 Arena on Saturday, when Foot looks to wrest the welterweight belt away from the South Londoner.

Patterson is good but I think Glenn is better. He can fight, he can box.

David Binns

Patterson will start favourite and that is no great shock.

He is at home, he’s unbeaten, and won the title, against the odds, in Sheffield by stopping Yorkshire’s Chad Gaynor inside five rounds.

But Binns is confident Foot possesses more tools in his locker, insisting the Sunderland crowd favourite has the capability to out-box or out-fight Patterson, depending on what the situation demands

“I’m not disrespecting Ahmet because obviously he’s a very good kid,” Binns told the Echo.

“I mean he’s not just turned up on the scene, he’s earned his place there.

“Fair play, he went up to Yorkshire to beat Chad Gaynor but Glenn Foot is a different kettle of fish.

“Patterson is good but I think Glenn is better. He can fight, he can box.

“He’s a clever lad, Glenn – people think he’s one-dimensional and see him as a rough, tough kid.

“He is a rough, tough kid but there is a lot more to Glenn Foot than that.

“He won’t hold anything back and if he only had one ounce of fight left inside him, he’d give it.

“Glenn can adapt, change tactics.

“If Ahmet thinks he can outbox him he’ll have a job on his hands.”

Binns, who has put the Marley Pots man through his paces at the East Durham College gym in Peterlee, is clearly not lacking in belief and nor is Foot, as he told the Echo on Tuesday.

However, the stats would indicate a 50-50 showdown.

The rivals, both 27, have won 14 in a row though Foot has the slightly better KO percentage, stopping six of his opponents while the Cockney has won four early.

“I think it will be a brilliant fight,” said Binns.

“They both have the same ambitions.

“Boxing’s a funny business and strange things have been known to happen, we all know that.

“But I’m confident if Glenn hits his best form on the day – and that’s what we’re gearing up to do – I think he’ll beat Ahmet and show he’s in a different league.

“Glenn was a successful amateur, winning here in this country and he’s been to France, Spain, New York and all over, beating their men.

“I’ve never had any doubt about how good he is and I do think he’ll prove that.

“We are away from home but if he is going to go where he wants to go in boxing, and where I think he can go, he’s got to win fights like this, it’s as simple as that.”

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