GLENN Foot’s biggest challenge of his career will take place at London’s 02 Arena – and the Sunderland boxer will not be frightened by his capital test.
The 27-year-old challenges Ahmet Patterson for the South Londoner’s English welterweight title in a clash which doubles as a British championship eliminator.
It will take place on one of the first big shows of 2015, which will star Britain’s heavyweight hope Tyson Fury and Chris Eubank Jnr.
Patterson v Foot could bring down the house – the unbeaten welterweights are evenly-matched with 14 wins apiece with the Marly Pots puncher edging the stoppage stats 6-4.
Reigning champ Patterson though will begin as favourite, but Foot’s coach David Binns has no worries over the fight’s location.
“With Patterson boxing in London, the advantage would appear to be with him,” Binns told the Echo.
“I honestly believe Glenn can overcome that through his ability.
“For Glenn, I can honestly say it does not matter where the ring is, it could be Nottingham, London, Glasgow.
“He can out-box him or out-fight him, he doesn’t let anything faze him.”
Foot’s biggest success to date, in the 2013 Prizefighter welterweight tournament was achieved away from home, in Wolverhampton.
Binns says going on the road is never a “factor” to the Phil Jeffries-managed boxer.
“There are certain aspects of Glenn I don’t need to worry about,” said Binns.
“One of them is where the fight is and who he is boxing.
“Once he’s in shape, as a coach you don’t need to worry about anything.
“You don’t need to worry if he is going to be affected by the opposition crowd.
“He does not consider that a factor at all.”
Victory would earn Foot a shot at British and Commonwealth champion Frankie Gavin, who will doubtless be ringside at the major 02 event which features two intriguing international showdowns.
Fury puts his world title ambitions at risk against big-hitting Christian Hammer.
The Manchester giant defends his WBO International title against the German-based Romanian who has 10 stoppages out of 17 wins.
Fury is in the number one and mandatory position to take on WBO king Wladimir Klitschko in the summer.
Eubank Jnr makes his return following his defeat to Billy Joe Saunders by challenging Interim WBA world middleweight champion, unbeaten Russian Dmitry Chudinov.