Glenn Foot is ready to take a Little step towards winning the British championship this Saturday.
The Little in question has a large L – his opponent in the title eliminator at Wigan is Lancashire lad Adam Little.
The surgeon said I’d never box again.
Victory for Foot would set up a British light-welterweight title shot at holder Tyrone Nurse.
It is a chance the Sunderland fighter is determined to seize as he continues a career which so nearly ended three years ago after suffering horrific injuries in a street incident.
His feared right arm was badly damaged by a machete attack in Southwick and Foot said his surgeon told him to fear the worst where his boxing career was concerned.
“There was a huge chunk out of my arm and broke my wrist,” said Foot. “I needed a plate in my arm and my tendons had been sliced.
“The surgeon said I’d never box again.
“But I never gave up and I kept my arm working and before I knew it, I could make a fist again.”
Never-say-die Foot returned and after three wins he was challenging for the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles in the summer of 2015.
But he never got going against Sam Eggington and lost for the first time after the fight was stopped because of a bad cut.
Foot admitted his right arm was still troubling him, but after treatment from a Sunderland physio he was back to his old self as he proved when he outpointed neighbour Kirk Goodings in a terrific 10-round derby in Gateshead.
“I wasn’t flinging my right hand as I used to,” he said. “When I went to land my right I was holding back, you could see that in the Sam Eggington fight.
“But I went to see Steve Reilly who was brilliant for me. My fight with Kirk was totally different and now my right arm is perfect.”
Foot proved himself at light-welter at the Summer Rumble with a six-round points win over Lee Connelly, the Marley Pots favourite at his most aggressive, snarling best.
Little though is a notch above Connelly, with a record of 17 wins and just one defeat, with his last three victories all inside the distance.
Foot is unconcerned and has total faith in his own ability.
“I’ve watched clips of Little, he is a nice boxer but he has to fight Glenn Foot,” said the 29-year-old Phil Jeffries-managed star. “He’s not boxed anyone like me before.”
“I will do what Glenn Foot does best, sicken him with punches.
“I’ll box, fight, whatever it takes, I’m ready to go.”