Best Foot for­ward as Glenn tar­gets re­venge


The Chronicle - - Seconds Out -

GLENN FOOT is con­vinced he can gain re­venge to win the Bri­tish su­per lightweight crown and put it along­side his Com­mon­wealth strap in his grandad’s liv­ing room!

Foot lost, some would say un­justly, to lo­cal ri­val Josh Leather at the New­cas­tle Arena in Novem­ber.

But the man they call ‘The Ham­mer’ quickly dis­missed any thoughts of throw­ing in the towel on what has been an event­ful ca­reer to travel north of the Bor­der to claim the Com­mon­wealth ti­tle with an 11thround stop­page of Ja­son Eas­ton.

Now with June 16 fast ap­proach­ing and Ed­die Hearn head­ing back to the Arena for an­other Match­room show, the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol have or­dered a re­match be­tween Foot and Leather for the Bri­tish brag­ging rights with the bout open to purse of­fers.

It’s ex­pected to be an epic con­test but Foot is adamant there will be only one win­ner: “I will beat Josh and that Bri­tish belt is go­ing in my grand­fa­ther’s liv­ing room.

“I was dis­ap­pointed to lose to him last year but I’ve come back a lot stronger, and with Jack Cat­ter­all re­lin­quish­ing the Bri­tish for what I as­sume is big­ger of­fers, then I hope I face Josh back in New­cas­tle on June 16 be­cause I want my re­venge.”

In a mixed ca­reer of both suc­cess and in­jury, the for­mer Prize­fighter cham­pion took Eas­ton apart in Glas­gow last month to wash away any lin­ger­ing doubts.

“It’s took a while to get back to what would be close to my best fol­low­ing in­jury,” ad­mit­ted Foot. “Who­ever I face next, it’ll be 110% Glenn Foot that goes in there.

“I’m fight­ing on the Hearn bill any­way and then it’s on to big­ger and bet­ter things. We know there are other fights for me as well.

“I only had seven weeks’ no­tice head­ing to Glas­gow, but it does make things eas­ier, bet­ter, when it’s for a ti­tle. That was a good work­out fight for me, but I’ve got longer to pre­pare this time and I can’t wait.”

Foot was talk­ing at the open­ing of the new TKO box­ing gym in Ken­ton when head coach Keith Macdon­ald brought to­gether sev­eral stars past and present for a work-out with a dif­fer­ence.

Foot traded leather with for­mer WBC In­ter­na­tional and Bri­tish feath­er­weight cham­pion John Dav­i­son for fun, while North­ern Area cham­pion Dar­ren Richard­son Sur­tees and for­mer Bri­tish, Com­mon­wealth and Euro­pean feath­er­weight cham­pion Billy Hardy were also in at­ten­dance.

Hardy, along with Macdon­ald, made a pre­sen­ta­tion to his men­tors Gor­don and Lesley Ibin­son for a life­long ser­vice to the game.

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