Glenn Foot is on the verge of another crack at the British title after a tremendous victory at the weekend.
But manager, Phil Jeffries, has insisted his thrill-a-minute fighter has no time to rest on his laurels.
I thought I won the first eight rounds. This is just the start – I want bigger things nowGLENN FOOT
“Glenn must keep in the gym,” said the Wearside fight figure in the aftermath of Foot’s British light-welterweight title eliminator points victory over Adam Little in Wigan.
“He has to stay busy, there’s no point having a win like this and then going missing for weeks.
“If the right Glenn Foot turns up in the ring next year to fight [champion] Tyrone Nurse, he wins, it’s as simple as that.
“But he’s got to do things right – this could be one of the fights of the year and one I’m sure will be on telly.
“I want Glenn to be physically and mentally at his very best.”
To be fair to Foot, he has earned a week off by his efforts at the DW Stadium on Saturday night.
It was a close battle, with the emphasis on the word battle, as Foot clinched a hard-earned 10-round points decision.
Judges John Latham (97-94), John Keane (97-93) and Dave Parris (96-94) all scored it for the Sunderland boxer.
It was real trench warfare stuff for the entire fight, with Jeffries feeling the almost-predictable Foot force was the deciding factor against the Lancashire boxer.
The Marley Pots crowd favourite controlled matters in the opening exchanges with a sustained onslaught and while Little’s good work won him some rounds in the middle and later stages, the away corner had no doubts.
“I think his aggressive style made the difference,” added Jeffries.
“Little was no mug but Glenn gave him no peace – it was a fabulous win.
“I have to take my hat off to Adam as well, he’s a big lad, with a good long jab and he had joy as well in the fight.
“But it was a real Glenn Foot fight, he was at his most snarling best.
“To come and win down here was brilliant.
“I’d have to rate this as the best win of his career, even better than when he became the Prizefighter champion.”
Foot added: “I thought I won the first eight rounds.
“This is just the start - I want bigger things now.
“Tyrone Nurse is the champion - let’s get it on.
“I’ll fight anyone.”
Little, not surprisingly, saw matters differently though stopped short of accusing the judges of ripping him off.
“Personally, I had it really close and I thought I nicked it and hit him with the much cleaner shots,” the boxer, from Kirkham, told the Blackpool Gazette.
“He might have been throwing three or four to my one, but I was literally throwing his head back,
“The ones he was hitting me with were just glancing shots.
“But at the end of the day, that’s boxing.
“I don’t score the fights, they do.”