Sunderland fighter Glenn Foot eyes English title defence at the Stadium of Light

New English champion Glenn Foot.
New English champion Glenn Foot.
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Glenn Foot is a man on a mission.

And his first objective is a special one – defending his newly-acquired English title at the Stadium of Light.

The 29-year-old clinched the vacant light-welterweight belt in London on Saturday night when he defeated Philip Bowes at the York Hall.

Foot sees his win over the Eastender as just the first of many title triumphs, but he says the Summer Rumble on Sunday, July 16 is an absolute must.

“I am telling all the light-welters now that I am coming for their belts,” smiled the jubilant Marley Pots hero.

“The future is bright for Glenn Foot. But the thing I want first is defending this at the Stadium of Light.

“I would love to do that in front of my people.

“A ring is a ring to me, but the Stadium of Light is a two-minute walk from why I live and it’s my home city.”

Getting the deal done will be down to Foot’s manager and promoter, Phil Jeffries, who stages the annual outdoor spectacular.

And ‘Jaffa’ will need to come up with the goods because it is part one of Foot’s mission.

He will undoubtedly get a shot at Tyrone Nurse’s British and Commonwealth titles, and the European Championship is also on the table after a challenge this month in Sweden against Anthony Yigit fell through.

Foot has broken into the top echelon inside his first year as a light-welter.

He explains he must re-double his efforts outside the ring and says being busy will be the key to success.

Foot admits to having extended breaks from the Peterlee gym where he is coached by David Binns and says the East Durham College sports centre needs to see a lot more of him.

“I need to be fighting more and I need to be in the gym more,” he said.

“I’ve had some bad luck. I should have been champion years ago, but now it’s my turn.

“If I can’t be British, Commonwealth or European champion then I’ll pack in.

“I had a great amateur career, beat everyone in the amateurs, boxed for England and captained my country, but this is brilliant and I want more of this.

“I’d like to thank my supporters and all my sponsors, Lanchester Dairies, Deluxe Decorating, Joe Hackie, Tuck plus Dave and the team and everyone at Sunderland ABC for my time there.”

But he added, clutching his belt: “This is for my girlfriend Talia, and daughters Jennymay and Bambi-Blu.”