MORE than 100 members of Glenn Foot’s friends and family will be at Wolverhampton Civic Centre tonight hoping to roar him on to victory’s in Sky’s Prizefighter series.
The 25-year-old Sunderland welterweight is one of eight boxers hoping to be last man standing in the Prizefighter: Welterweights III event which involves a series of short bouts with the winner going through to the next round and the loser exiting the competition
Foot is one of five unbeaten fighters involved in what promises to be an explosive night’s boxing and says he is grateful for all the support.
“I’m lucky,” he told the Echo.
“Even from my amateur days I was lucky enough to have good support and I’m always grateful for it.
“To know that you’ve got people behind you, willing you to win, just helps keep you be focused because you don’t want to let yourself or anyone else down.
“And I’m really pleased that I’m going to have good backing because I’m determined to do well in front of them.”
Foot has trained harder for tonight’s challenge than any other fight in his career.
He was in the gym on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and says he is in the best shape of his career.
“It’s an opportunity for me, a real opportunity,” he said.
“And I don’t want to miss out on it.
“The last thing I want to have is regrets about not training hard enough afterwards.
“And the good thing is that I know I couldn’t have trained harder – so all I have to do now is just relax and look to enjoy it.
“I think I will enjoy it. I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m in it to win it and I know that if I do do well tonight, it could really help my career progress.”
Foot travelled down to Wolverhampton on Thursday night to avoid any danger of becoming snowbound in the North East.
He had no problems with the weigh-in, coming in 2lbs under, and has discovered his first opponent is Steve Pearce, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands.
Pearce is also unbeaten but Foot is heavily backed to win that bout and is in the opposite side of the draw to pre-tournament favourite, Lancashire’s Mark Thompson, who has a record of 24 wins and two defeats.