GLENN Foot says English champion Ahmet Patterson is “scared” of him as he prepares to try to take the Londoner’s crown on his home turf.
Saturday’s welterweight confrontation at the 02 Arena has the makings of being an absolute belter with both boxers going into the contest with identical 14-bout winning records.
Foot looks like cranking it up even more by dismissing the South Londoner’s value as champion.
“He brings nothing to the table,” said the undefeated Sunderland crowd-pleaser.
“I think the records of the lads he’s fought is something like 200 fights and one win.
“He’s not good enough to do 10 rounds with me, he shouldn’t be in the same ring.
“If truth be known, he’s scared of Glenn Foot.
“We should have fought in the amateurs, but he pulled out the week before.”
Foot is being more than a little unkind to the defending champion as six of his last seven opponents have arrived in the ring with winning records.
But the 27-year-old challenger clearly is not a fan of the boxer from East Dulwich, who is known as Punch Picker.
And Foot insists the fact the bout is only half a dozen miles from Patterson’s home patch is of little consequence.
“It make no difference to me,” said the Marley Pots man.
“It could be in his back garden and I’d fight him there!
“It’s all about what happens in a four-cornered ring that counts and I’m going there to do a job.
“That’s all I’m thinking about, where the venue is or how many fans Patterson might have does not enter my mind.”
Foot though admits he is looking forward to being involved in what could be one of the shows of the year.
Tyson Fury is, potentially, putting a World title fight against Wladimir Klitschko at risk by defending his European title against big-hitting Christian Hammer.
And also fighting on the bill is Chris Eubank Jnr who challenges for WBA Interim world middleweight championship against Russia’s Dmitry Chudinov.
“It’s fantastic to be on the same bill as fighters like Fury and Eubank,” Foot told the Echo.
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