GLENN Foot has sent a “I’m coming to get you” message to title rival Sam Eggington.
The Sunderland fighter blew off the cobwebs and his title frustrations in style by beating Ryan Hardy over six exciting rounds at Hartlepool Borough Hall last night.
And now the 27-year-old is now looking forward to a British welterweight title eliminator against the Midlander known as “the Savage”.
The British Boxing Board of Control have ordered the Foot-Eggington clash after English welter champ Ahmet Patterson pulled out of his title match with the Marley Pots hero.
“I’m not bothered about who I’m fighting, it’s what’s on the line that matters to me,” said Foot.
“I’ll fight anyone, I want championships and Eggington is the man I have to beat to get to them.
“He’s a game enough kid but very beatable and that’s what I intend doing.”
Eggington v Foot has been mooted before – it has the makings of a real show-stopper.
And it could have more riding on it than a British title eliminator.
“Eggington is fighting for the Commonwealth title tonight against Joseph Lamptey in Birmingham,” Foot explained.
“You never know, hopefully, when I fight him it might be more than just a British title eliminator, it might be for the Commonwealth too?”
Foot, out of action since November, needed rounds – and good rounds – and he got them from the Sheffield fighter.
The David Binns-trained boxer needed to be quick on his feet as well as fist in the first as Hardy moved and moved ... a lot!
Foot did flick out a jab in the first and when he landed a right it was greeted by a huge roar from the capacity crowd.
Hardy continued to move and tease in the second, but the Foot jab carried more venom and two rights and a left-right from the Sunderland star was much more like it.
Foot’s left-right salvo and a left to the body were the pick of the punches in the third, but the round ended with a nice right from Hardy who celebrated with a little jig and a “whoop”.
But a quiet round was merely a prelude to the best three rounds of the Phil Jeffries-promoted bonanza.
To say the rivals went at it hammer and tongs would be an understatement. Hardy this time danced and landed while Foot came back with a volley of shots.
It was rip-roaring stuff as both fighters slugged it out, the Yorkshire fighter giving it as good as he got.
Hardy was back to his tricks in the fifth. Twice Foot landed and both times his opponent did a little dance, but it was the Wearsider’s round as he delivered four stinging rights and a left-right just before the bell.
Foot ended the entertaining scrap using his jab to perfection – and when that left is working, the former Prizefighter champion looks a million dollars.
“I was over the moon Glenn got six rounds in,” said manager and promoter Phil Jeffries.
Referee Andrew Wright scored it 60-55 to Foot, Hardy presumably getting a share of that incredible fourth round.