Kirk Goodings says he can “exploit” weaknesses in “one-dimensional” Glenn Foot and win Sunderland’s big boxing derby.
The Wearside fight stars will slug it out for the British Promoters Classic Challenge welterweight belt at Dunston on Saturday night.
It is a huge bout and occasion and, on paper, looks a huge gamble by Goodings to take on his old friend.
Not only is Foot is one of boxing’s most fearsome fighters, Goodings is stepping up in weight and has not fought in a year after losing his English lightweight title in the first round.
But the 26-year-old insists he can beat the Marley Pots machine.
“I’m excited,” said the Seaburn star.
“I can’t wait – it’s a good fight and I’m very confident.
“I had no doubts about taking the fight, I asked for it.
“Me and Glenn are pals and I wouldn’t say anything bad about him.
“Yes, he is very aggressive, but I’ll exploit that.
“He can be out-boxed and out-fought, he’s very one-dimensional.”
Foot suffered his first pro defeat last time out when challenging for the vacant British and Commonwealth titles, stopped on a cut eye by Sam Eggington in Manchester.
The Stourbridge fighter won comfortably on points and Goodings believes he can repeat the feat.
“Eggington kept it basic, Glenn didn’t know what to do, he has no plan B,” he said.
Goodings, like Foot, is also coming into the sold-out showdown at the Lancastrian Suite on the back of a defeat.
He lost his English lightweight crown in his second defence, in Manchester, 12 months ago to Scott Cardle, referee Steve Gray halting the contest in just 46 seconds.
Goodings says the fight was lost not in Manchester’s MEN Arena, but in puddles of sweat in the build-up.
“I couldn’t make the weight,” he recalled.
“I was the champion, if I didn’t get to 9st 9lbs I’d have had to give up my title.
“In the lead up, I knew I couldn’t get down.
“I should have listened to my body.
“I didn’t eat, I was in the sauna, and I was weak. I paid the price.
“I spar with Frankie Gavin all the time and I’m strong from start to finish.
“The weight beat me but now I’m strong.”