PRIZEFIGHTER champion Glenn Foot will be back in the ring next month for the first time since winning the Sky-televised tournament in early January.
The Sunderland boxer will top the bill at a Phil Jeffries-promoted event at the Rainton Meadows Arena on Friday, April 12.
And the unbeaten 25-year-old will headline a list of a dozen bouts involving local fighters which is once again expected to draw a noisy crowd of fight fans.
Foot was crowned Prizefighter Welterweight champion at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in mid-January when he overcame the threat of Dale Evans and Chad Gaynor in the qualifying rounds before stopping Steven Pearce in the final.
It was a display which helped introduce him to millions of viewers in America as well as across Britain and not only did it massively raise his profile but it catapulted him into contention for title fights much sooner down the line.
Jeffries told the Echo: “I backed Glenn to win that competition before he even put a foot in the ring.
“He’s fearless, a real talent and it’s only now that a wider audience is starting to pick up on that.
“In my view,it will not be long at all before the lad is fighting for titles, like Martin Ward is nowadays.
“And next month’s boxing show will be a great chance for the region’s boxing fans to see him up close and in action, along with a host of other up-and-coming talents.”
Fighting on the under-card will be Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings, the 23-year-old light-welterweight with a record of seven wins and one defeat.
This will be Goodings’ first appearance on home soil since 2011 and his first fight since his first defeat – when he narrowly lost out to the highly-rated Steven Williams for the vacant British Masters light-welterweight title having taken the fight at the shortest of notice.
Among the other local boxers already confirmed are Sunderland lightweight Lee Mould who has won all three of his fights so far by knockout, Houghton’s Tommy Ward, Fishburn fighter Gary Fox and South Shields’ Anthony Nelson.
Jeffries said: “I’m very excited about the show.
“I wanted to put a fight night on at the Arena as soon as possible after the Jon-Lewis Dickinson v David Dolan British Cruiserweight title fight last month just to keep the boxing momentum going.
“Loaded TV screened the Dickinson-Dolan show and said the atmosphere inside the Arena for the show was fantastic.
“We had a load of fights on that night too and once again we’ll be giving the public value for money.”
Ticket details will be announced shortly.