Glenn Foot is one step closer to challenging for the British light-welterweight title.
The thrilling Sunderland fighter takes on Adam Little in Wigan on Saturday, December 10 in an eliminator with the winner getting to take on champion Tyrone Nurse.
I’m over the moon he’s down at light-welter and I’m sure he’ll win this and go on to beat Tyrone NursePHIL JEFFRIES
Foot has slimmed down to the 10 stone division after making an unsuccessful crack at the British and Commonwealth welterweight belts in summer 2015.
It is a tough test for the 28-year-old against “The Big Man”, from Kirkham near Blackpool.
Little has won 17 of his 18 contests, including an English welterweight title win over Sunderland’s Lee Mould in Blackpool in June 2015.
However, Foot’s manager, Phil Jeffries says he has every confidence in the crowd favourite from Marley Pots.
“There’s no fighter in the country like Glenn,” said the Wearside fight figure.
“He can box, he can fight, he can take people out, he’s got everything.
“I’m over the moon he’s down at light-welter and I’m sure he’ll win this and go on to beat Tyrone Nurse.”
It isn’t the only piece of good news for Jeffries.
Tommy Ward, the West Rainton boxer he promotes, will finally get his crack at the British super-bantamweight title in February.
The British Boxing Board of control have ordered the match between champion James “Jazza” Dickens and the unbeaten Hartlepool star and put the contest out to purse bids.
Ward, coach Neil Fannan and manager Dave Garside have been counting down the day to this moment ever since the talented boxer defeated Welsh warrior Robbie Turley in an eliminator back in February.
“It’s great news,” said Fannan. “I was confident that the Board would set the match, but until you see it in black and white then you don’t want to get carried away.
“Tommy is ready, more than ready in fact.”
It is a big challenge given the calibre of the champion.
Dickens, who has recovered from a broken jaw sustained in a tilt at WBA world king Guillermo Rigondeaux in July, is a top operator.
The Scouser, who has won 22 of his 24 bouts, made his maiden title defence against Tommy’s older brother, Martin, who was beaten on a split decision in a bloodbath in Houghton in November 2015.