Coach David Binns believes Glenn Foot could out-box or out-fight – or both – to beat Sam Eggington in their championship double in Manchester.
The welterweights meet on Saturday night for the vacant British title while Eggington is making the first defence of his Commonwealth belt.
I’m confident Glenn Foot will win this
Binns insists there is more to the Sunderland crowd favourite than just being an out-and-out brawler.
Eggington is a fighter in a rich vein of form, winning his last five bouts by stoppage, including a seventh-round TKO of African Joseph Lamptey to win the vacant Commonwealth title and defend his WBC International silver belt.
And Binns says Foot will use his skill to beat the 21-year-old not just his strength.
“Glenn will be using his brain as much as his fists,” predicted the trainer.
“He is a really under-estimated boxer.
“Yes, he’s strong and he can put pressure on, but he is a tremendously-skilled boxer.
“Glenn’s a clever fighter, people should not just view him as a rough, tough kid.
“There’s one other ingredient Glenn has is that he never gives in.
“If something isn’t working he’s versatile enough to change it.
“Glenn’s work-rate alone would overcome Sam’s abilities, but he’s not just going in there to pile forward and try to win on volume.”
For all his confidence, there has been no chance of Binns taking anything for granted.
The coach has prepared Foot thoroughly, including a great depth of sparring in a bid to replicate the style of the Stourbridge fighter.
“Glenn’s had more sparring than we normally do, with a lot of variety,” said Binns.
“But we have one particular young boxer, who almost mirrors Sam Eggington’s style, he’s tall and rangy, throws hooks in from wide angles and what have you, and that’s been excellent.”
Binns believes for all the excitement surrounding their rival, who is known as “the Savage”, Foot will have too much experience and skill.
“I’m confident Glenn Foot will win this,” said the East Durham College-based trainer.
“I’m not saying it will be an easy fight, but I believe Glenn’s abilities will be better than those of Sam Eggington.
“Sam’s had a few decent wins and I was impressed with the finish in the Lamptey, the way he turned him on the ropes and unloaded a volley of punches.
“But I don’t think he’ll be able to do that with Glenn Foot.”