Foot’s eyes on the prize

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GLENN Foot has got the big fight he was hoping for on a boxing bill which will showcase his skills to millions later this year, writes Graeme Anderson.

The exciting, unbeaten Sunderland welterweight will box fellow Prize Fighter champion Larry Ekundayo on October 5 at London’s O2 Arena.

Foot’s fight will be part of a packed boxing bill topped by the professional debut of exciting English heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua.

The show is being staged by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom organisation and that will mean the bouts will be beamed worldwide.

Foot had been hoping for a title fight in his next outing after impressing winning Sky’s Prizefighter competition in emphatic style in January before proving himself against veteran talent Jason Cook in April.

He passed up the opportunity to take part in Sunderland’s Summer Rumble event earlier this month, hoping to land a major fight.

And although the bout against Ekundayo will not have a belt at stake, it is an exciting fight on a high-profile bill

Ekundayo, like Foot, is also unbeaten, and at the age of 31, is six years the Sunderland man’s senior.

The Londoner has only had six professional bouts but while Foot won his Prizefighter belt at welterweight, Ekundayo won his at light-middle.

The fight has been made at welterweight over 10 rounds but Foot is likely to face the heaviest punching of his career against the naturally heavier man.

Foot’s manager Phil Jeffries said: “We’re delighted to have got this fight on.

“It will be the toughest of Glenn’s career, I’ve got no doubt about that, because his opponent normally fights at a heavier weight.

“But the fight has been made at welterweight and Glenn is looking forward to it.

“It’s the first time two winning Prizefighter champions have ever met in the ring and it is sure to attract massive interest.”