FURIOUS boss Phil Jeffries is demanding a straight shot at the British championship for Glenn Foot.
The Sunderland boxer should today have been looking forward to the biggest fight of his life – a challenge for the English welterweight title on the massive 02 Arena show in London.
But holder Ahmet Patterson pulled out on the morning of the weigh-in after complaining of feeling unwell.
Foot and trainer, David Binns, were already in the capital and had woken up yesterday morning blissfully unaware there were any problems over the British title eliminator.
“I am devastated, disillusioned and sick and a lot more besides,” Jeffries told the Echo.
“Boxing does have pull-outs, but on the morning of the weigh-in?
It’s the second time it’s happened to Glenn right before a showPhil Jeffries
“It’s the second time it’s happened to Glenn right before a show.
“All the training, all the effort, for what? For this to happen.
“I’ve written to [British Boxing Board of Control secretary] Robert Smith and David Venn [of the Northern Area Council of the BBBC] to demand Glenn gets a straight shot at the British title, with no eliminator.
“He deserves that after what’s happened to him.”
Patterson v Foot had the makings of the fight of the night at the iconic Greenwich venue and that’s saying something given the bill was headed by Tyson Fury’s WBO International heavyweight title defence against Christian Hammer, and included Chris Eubank Jnr’s challenge for the Interim WBA World Middleweight championship against holder Dmitry Chudinov.
Promoter Frank Warren expects the showdown between the unbeaten welterweights to be re-staged. A statement released last night read: “Ahmet Patterson has had to withdraw from his English Welterweight title defence against Glenn Foot before today’s weigh-in after contracting a viral infection.
“The East Dulwich star has been unable to train for the last week and following medical advice has pulled out of the fight.
“Patterson v Foot will be rescheduled and a new date and venue will be announced.”
Jeffries though believes the Marley Pots fighter should now by-pass Patterson and go straight through to a British title tilt.
Currently, Frankie Gavin holds both the British and Commonwealth belts, but is expected to follow a different route after his transfer to Matchroom.
“To be rung at half 10 and be told Patterson was pulling out because he was poorly crushed me,” said Jeffries.
“I’d hoped they [the promoters] would get him something, I even spoke to the match-maker to see if he could get a six rounder, and I told Glenn to go to the weigh-in.
“But when he turned up at the weigh-in the officials just said ‘you are not boxing’.
“If he had weighed in they would have to have paid him.
“Glenn has been left with nothing. No fight, no money, nothing.
“Some of his fans had already set off, paid for their travel, hotels and all that. People have lost money.
“It’s a terrible situation, but especially for Glenn who had trained so hard and was in tremendous shape.
“He would have brought home that title.”