Jeffries delighted as ‘fierce negotiations’ land double title chance for Glenn Foot

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GLENN Foot is to fight for the British and Commonwealth welterweight championships.

The exciting Sunderland boxer will take on Sam Eggington in Manchester, on Saturday July 18, when there will be two belts on the line.

Eggington won the Commonwealth belt on Saturday night and this is going to be his first defence

Phil Jeffries

It will be Eggington’s maiden defence of the Commonwealth belt he clinched on Saturday, when he stopped Joseph Lamptey, from Ghana, in the seventh round at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.

And the all-action fighters will also be slugging it out for the vacant British title after holder Frankie Gavin vacated the throne.

Foot’s manager, Phil Jeffries, has secured the deal after “fierce negotiations” with Matchroom.

The double title confrontation is part of a mammoth event promoted by Eddie Hearn which will be headlined by Scott Quigg defending his WBA world super-bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez and the return of Anthony Crolla, who challenges the WBA’s lightweight champion Darleys Perez.

Jeffries said: “Foot against Eggington was always going to be on this summer as a British title eliminator.

“Eggington won the Commonwealth belt on Saturday night and this is going to be his first defence.

“British champion Frankie Gavin has also vacated so he can fight for a world title, so this is for the British title as well.

“It took some fierce negotiations, but it’s on and I fully expect Glenn to be bringing both belts back to Sunderland.”

Eggington looks something special, the 21-year-old Stourbridge sensation winning 15 times and losing only twice.

However, Foot is not bad himself, reeling off 15 straight wins, the most recent of which coming last Friday night in Hartlepool, where he outpointed Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy in his first bout of 2015.

The unbeaten Marley Pots man had been due to fight for the English welterweight title at the end of the February only for champion Ahmet Patterson to pull out on the morning of the weigh-in.

“I was furious after what happened in London,” added Jeffries.

“I wrote to the (British Boxing) Board of Control to demand Glenn got a straight shot at the British title and I’m delighted that’s what’s happened.”