Ahmet Patterson v Glenn Foot is a ‘great’ match-up for British boxing fan

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TRAINER Martin Bowers believes Ahmet Patterson v Glenn Foot is a “great match for the true British fight fan”.

Patterson’s coach is excited by the English welterweight confrontation at the 02 Arena tomorrow night.

It’s a shame it’s not for the British title, it deserves to be.

The unbeaten pair, with identical 14-bout winning runs, met up today for the first time at the weigh-in in the capital.

But tomorrow night the gloves are ON as they scrap it out for the English belt and a crack at the British title.

There appears to be no love lost between the boxers – Sunderland star Foot telling the Echo this week that Patterson “shouldn’t be in the same ring” as him.

However, Bowers says that he has nothing but respect for Foot and praised both boxers for taking on this contest.

“Boxing tends to be robbed of fights like these – unbeaten boxers putting their records on the line like this is unheard of,” said the London trainer.

“It’s refreshing to see boxers of this calibre meeting at this stage, how often do you see fighters avoiding each other?

“It’s a real throwback fight and I’m privileged to be involved in it.

“Both these lads deserve enormous credit. It’s a great match for the true British fight fan.

“It’s a shame it’s not for the British title, it deserves to be. Both fighters are 14 and 0 and are credits to the sport.

“We respect Glenn, who is a terrific fighter, who I’ve watched through the years and saw him go through the ABAs.

“I’ve watched him become a good pro.”

Bowers, of course, has total faith in his boxer, who is making the maiden defence of the title he won on a stoppage in Leeds last year against Chad Gaynor.

“He is bang on. He’s had great sparring,” said the coach. “There have been no problems in camp.”

Larry Ekundayo and Dale Evans are two other prospects in the welterweight mix, but Bowers says tomorrow night’s rivals are the pick of the bunch.

“No disrespect to any other welters, but these lads are the best in the division,” said Bowers.

“I like Larry who is a very good fighter but I believe the winner (tomorrow) will go on to bigger and better things.

“I’ve been with Ahmet for four years and I obviously hope it’s him.

“But I think whoever loses, it’s not the end of the world for him. The potential is still there for success.”

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