Sunderland fighter gets Commonwealth title shot

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GLENN Foot is to fight for the Commonwealth welterweight championship.

The exciting Sunderland boxer will take on Sam Eggington in Manchester, on Saturday July 18, when there is every chance the British title will also be on the line.

It took some fierce negotiations, but it’s all done now and I fully expect it to double up for the British title.

It will be Eggington’s maiden defence of the Commonwealth belt he clinched on Saturday, when he stopped Joseph Lamptey, from Ghana, in the seventh round at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.

Foot’s manager, Phil Jeffries, has secured the deal after “fierce negotiations” with Matchroom and Eddie Hearn will be staging the show at Manchester Arena.

It is part of a mammoth promotion which will be headlined by Scott Quigg defending his WBA world super-bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez.

Jeffries said: “Foot against Eggington was always going to be on this summer as a British title eliminator.

“Eggington won the Commonwealth belt on Saturday night and this is going to be his first defence.

“British champion Frankie Gavin is going to vacate so he can fight for a world title, so I’m 90 per cent sure it could be for the British title as well.

“But that will be up to the British Boxing Board of Control.

“The bottom line is though that Glenn is definitely fighting Sam Eggington in Manchester on July 18.

“It took some fierce negotiations, but it’s all done now and I fully expect it to double up for the British title.

“And I fully expect Glenn to win.”

Eggington looks something special, the 21-year-old Stourbridge sensation winning 15 times and losing only twice.

However, Foot is not bad himself, reeling off 15 straight wins, the most recent of which being on Friday night in Hartlepool, where he outpointed Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy.

The unbeaten Marley Pots man is a former Prizefighter champion.