Foot relishes ring return in warm-up for British title eliminator

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GLENN Foot will warm up for his delayed British title eliminator when he boxes in Hartlepool tomorrow.

Foot takes on Ryan Hardy over six rounds at the Borough Hall as he builds towards a clash with Sam “the Savage” Eggington in the summer.

“We’re just waiting for the purse bids for the fight with Eggington,” said Foot.

The exciting Sunderland fighter had been due to fight Ahmet Patterson for the English welterweight belt on February 28 in London, a contest which doubled as a British eliminator, only for the defending champ to pull out on the day before the show.

Now, the British Boxing Board of Control has instructed Foot and Eggington to meet, the Stourbridge boxer boasting an impressive record of 14 wins, the most recent four all coming inside the distance.

But Foot must first dust off any cobwebs by beating Hardy tomorrow night.

“Ryan Hardy is a game fighter,” said the unbeaten 27-year-old, from Marley Pots.

“He can be a bit messy but tomorrow night is all about getting some rounds.

“I need a few rounds just to get that fighting feeling back.

“My last fight was back in December (against William Warburton), so the Hartlepool bout is long overdue. I need to get back in the ring and back on track.”

Meanwhile, Jordan Ellison enjoyed a dream debut when he joined boxing’s professional ranks and now he’s looking to fight even better tomorrow night.

The Seaham prospect beat Ben Mulligan with a superb display at Houghton in March and promoter Phil Jeffries is putting the 21-year-old on his bumper Hartlepool bill tomorrow night.

It won’t be an easy task as he’s up against the awkward Ibrar Riyaz.

Ellison told the Echo: “It was a good debut, but now I’m looking to put on an even better performance, I want to get my name out there.

“People gave me a lot of compliments, saying I boxed brilliantly and kept my posture and focus. I kept my boxing together well that time and I have a very awkward fighter tomorrow – low hands, head all over the place.

“I need to box well again and I hope I can do even better than on my debut.

“I’m prepared to be patient, build my experience and get wins and move up the rankings, but I don’t want to be spoon-fed, I want to earn my name.

“Riyaz is awkward and he’ll be a tough fight for me, but I’ve watched him.

“I’ve been sparring with Stuey Hall and he’s been mimicking Ibrar’s style.

“You can’t get better sparring than that and if I can catch an ex-world champion then I can catch Riaz.”

Ellison is part of a strong Wearside element in Hartlepool, with Isaac Macleod, Martin Ward and Lyndon Watt also in action.

For tickets, call Phil on 07747 611020.