GLENN Foot has no fears about stepping up in class on Friday.
But the unbeaten Sunderland welterweight also realises victory over the vastly-experienced, multi-belt winner Jason Cook could catapult him into a title fight of his own.
The 25-year-old from Marley Pots saw his standing in the sport take a massive boost back in January when he won Sky’s Prizefighter welterweights contest.
Suddenly he went from unknown prospect to a winner who received national and international coverage from the satellite channel.
But Foot knows that fighting Cook, the former EBU European lightweight champion – and twice British welterweight title challenger – could give his career an even bigger shot in the arm if he emerges victorious.
At the age of 38, Welshman Cook is at the wrong end of a notable career but still believes he has a lot left in the tank.
And that’s why the former Welsh light welterweight champion and former European lightweight champion is happy to take on Foot on Phil Jeffries’ Loaded and Ready event at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
Sunderland promoter Jeffries admitted: “We tried to get Glenn an opponent for weeks but no one wanted to take him on.
“It meant that we had to keep going up and up in terms of class until we could find someone ready to take him on and that’s when Jason Cook came into the frame.
“It will be Glenn’s his toughest fight yet by some distance but it’s one that he wants.”
And Foot confirmed that, when he said: “Bring it on!
“I know all about Cook’s pedigree and I know it’s going to be tough but I’m also in a hurry to climb up the rankings and I genuinely don’t fear anybody.
“He’ll be looking at the fact that I’m a bit of a name after the Prizefighter, that I’m unbeaten and that I’m on my way up.
“And he’ll think that if he knocks me over then there’s every chance of him fighting for a title again.
“But from my point of view I know that if I can beat him – and I’m completely confident that I will – then I’ll be a massive step closer to fighting for the British title, which is what I’m after next.
“I know Cook is going to be tough opposition but these are the fights I want – I want to get to the top as quickly as possible.”
A few tickets still remain for the show and anyone interested in going, should contact the promoters on 07747 611 020.