Phil Jeffries hopes 2016 will mark the start of a new chapter in the career of Glenn Foot.
The Sunderland favourite is one of a crop of exciting Wearside stars on the undercard of his first show of the year, at Houghton tomorrow night.
I want Glenn down at light-welterweight and then knocking on the door for a title, but he has got to want itManager Phil Jeffries
Jeffries, manager and promoter of the Marly Pots man, says he will take him all the way to another British title fight but says Foot must “want it” for himself.
It has to be said Foot has had terrible luck over the years with injury and opponents pulling out - almost 12 months to the day Ahmet Patterson cried off the day before their title fight.
Jeffries believes the 28-year-old can bring home the British light-welterweight belt this year, providing he dedicates himself 100% to the cause.
He hopes a win tomorrow night for Foot over Lukasz Janik at the Rainton Meadows Arena will be a start to that.
“I love Glenn and the fans do too,” said the Sunderland fight figure.
“He’s a true fighter and entertainer, but he has me tearing my hair out.
“I want Glenn down at light-welterweight and then knocking on the door for a title, but he has got to want it.
“He is so exciting but Glenn’s Glenn, he’ll do things when he wants to.”
Jeffries and coach David Binns will hope that Foot wants it now.
He failed in a challenge for the British and Commonwealth welterweight belts last July when he was stopped by a cut eye by Sam Eggington in Manchester.
But the Peterlee coach says he has seen the return of “the old Glenn” in training ahead for the four-round scrap with Janik.
The Pole looks a decent opponent for Foot, whose last appearance was a Sunderland derby win over Kirk Goodings last September in Gateshead.
Janik has won 15 and drawn one of his 33 contests with nine of his victories coming by stoppage.
There is eastern European opposition too for another Sunderland crowd pleaser, Isaac Macleod.
The 21-year-old, with the monikar “Can Bang”, has reeled off five wins as a pro.
He faces Michal Vosyka tomorrow night, the Czech Republic boxer also boasting five victories on his record.
For tickets, call Phil on 07747 611020.