David Binns insists Glenn Foot will have no problems in making a successful crack at the English championships, despite the disappointment of missing a shot at a bigger prize.
The exciting Sunderland fighter meets Londoner Philip Bowes on the Eastender’s own patch for the vacant light-welterweight belt this Saturday.
Foot had appeared destined for another title starting with the letter E this summer.
Manager, Phil Jeffries, thought he’d agreed the deal for his boxer to take on Sweden’s unbeaten European champion Anthony Yigit. That fell through and, instead, it’s the York Hall in Bethnal Green this Saturday instead of a nice trip to Nykoping.
But Dave Binns, the man who coaches Foot at the East Durham College gym in Peterlee, believes the Marley Pots crowd favourite will not be affected by the comedown in terms of prize.
“If Glenn Foot is there 100% I have all the confidence in the world that he’ll win,” said Binns. “He’s trained very well – if he turns up on the night mentally, he can win this fight.
“Philip is a good kid, very tall, southpaw, long, rangy boxer, but if Glenn is on his game her can beat anyone at light-welter.”
Binns hopes a Foot victory at the famous capital venue will catapult him to a British title shot against Tyrone Nurse. That is the contest the trainer wants for the 29-year-old.
“Going to Sweden to box a Swede?” said Binns. “The odds were heavily stacked against us.
“Glenn would have had to knock him out to get a draw, I know that.
“That fight fell through and I was looking at Tyrone,
“I like Tyrone, but I think Glenn is easily capable of beating him.
“Glenn’s last bout was presented to me as a British and Commonwealth title eliminator and he beat Adam Little out of sight, but now the [British Boxing] Board have put him in this.
“If Glenn turns up for the English title and beats Philip, how can he be ignored?
“I want the prize for beating him, a fight with Tyrone for the British and Commonwealth titles. I’m hoping that will come after Saturday.”