Sunderland boxer Glenn Foot to fight Joe Hughes for English light-welterweight title

Glenn Foot on his way to victory over  Kirk Goodings
Glenn Foot on his way to victory over Kirk Goodings

Glenn Foot has been handed a shot at the English light-welterweight title.

The 27-year-old Sunderland fighter will take on champion Joe Hughes at Swindon on Saturday, October 24.

It’s away from home, but that sort of thing does not bother him

PHIL JEFFRIES

Manager, Phil Jeffries, said he was “over the moon” to clinch the contest for his back-to-form fighter.

Foot announced after triumphing in the 10-round Sunderland war with Kirk Goodings on Saturday that his future would lie at light-welterweight.

The Marley Pots machine had failed in a challenge for the British and Commonwealth titles in July, losing on a technical points decision to Sam Eggington in Manchester after the fight was stopped by a cut to Foot’s eye.

Now, he is slimming down to the 10stone division and has gained an immediate chance to get on the championship ladder.

“I’m over the moon to have got Glenn this fight,” said Jeffries. “It’s away from home, but that sort of thing does not bother him.

“Glenn’s a fighter, where the ring is does not affect him.”

Hughes will provide a difficult assignment at the Oasis Centre.

The Wiltshire fighter has a similar record to Foot - 12 wins and just one defeat with five stoppage successes, compared to 16 victories (six early) for Glenn, who has the solitary loss, to Eggington.

Hughes lifted the vacant title in July against another North-East boxer, Anth Hardy.

It was a close fight, Hughes taking it on a split decision against the Horden and Hartlepool star in Bath.