Glenn Foot’s crack at the English light-welterweight title is off.
The Sunderland boxer decided to move down a division after failing in his bid to win the British and Commonwealth belts at welterweight in the summer.
Promoter Phil Jeffries had negotiated a challenge for the English light-welterweight championship against holder Joe Hughes at Swindon on Saturday, October 24.
Or so he thought.
“The British Boxing Board of Control won’t sanction it,” said Jeffries, who had told the Echo last month he was “over the moon” to get this bout for his back-to-form warrior.
“They say that Glenn has not made the weight before at light-welter so they are not allowing it.
“I’m gutted. It’s another fight-that-wasn’t for Glenn, but we’ll be back.”
Foot made a fine comeback from his double-title defeat to Sam Egginton in Manchester by triumphing in a 10-round Sunderland derby with Kirk Goodings in Dunston last month.
The Marley Pots fighter boasts a record of 16 wins and just one defeat, his solitary loss being a technical decision after he suffered a cut eye against Eggington at the Manchester Arena.