Excited trainer David Binns is relishing seeing Glenn Foot take his first steps and punches towards light-welterweight success.
Those will come this Sunday when the Sunderland fighter has a starring role at the Summer Rumble.
The old Glenn is back and he’s ready to goCoach David Binns
Foot will tackle Lee Connelly at the Stadium of Light which Binns hopes will be a precursor to a permanent move to the 10 stone division in early autumn.
The six-rounder comes almost a year to the day when Foot suffered his first pro defeat in a challenge for the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles.
While his Manchester Arena loss to Sam Eggington was down to a cut eye, Foot, Binns and manager, Phil Jeffries, decided that the former Prizefighter champ’s days as a welter were over.
“When Glenn’s keen, the job’s a good ‘un,” said Binns.
“The old Glenn is back and he’s ready to go.
“Just achieving the weight this week is good news for us.
“Jaffa had got him a shot at the English title [against Joe Hughes] last year but because Glenn had not done the light-welter limit, the Board wouldn’t sanction it.
“But once he’s confirmed he can do it, I’m sure the Board will sanction future title matches.”
The Marly Pots crowd-favourite is looking lean after his training camp with Binns and his team-mates at the East Durham Community College gym in Peterlee.
And while Connelly’s record is not one to give Foot or Binns sleepless nights, the Derbyshire boxer is not someone who can be blown away easily.
“Lee’s been in with some very good lads,” said Binns. “I’ve had a look at him and he’s not bad at all.”
Foot is one of three Binns fighters in action at Sunderland’s football ground.
Thornley’s Darren Surtees will make his third appearance since turning pro, while there is a debut for one of East Durham’s amateur stars, Jay Hughes.
The teenager, originally from Trimdon but now living in Crimdon, has seen two previous scheduled bouts cancelled but will finally make his bow on Sunday.
The Ward brothers, Martin and Tommy, will be on the 14-fight bill, along with unbeaten Sunderland prospect, Isaac Macleod and Hetton’s Jordan King.
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