GLENN Foot showed he had to be considered the real deal after a ferocious encounter with former European and IBO lightweight champion Jason Cook ended in a seventh round stoppage.
Thirty-eight-year-old Cook has undoubtedly seen better days, but he was still a class above anything that the Sunderland boxer has so far faced in his career.
From the opening bell though, Foot, trained in Peterlee by David Binns, showed scant respect to an opponent.
It couldn’t have ended in more emphatic style either with Cook taking a string of brutal blows to the head unanswered before finally dropping to the floor.
He took a count of eight and was continuing to take horrendous punishment when the towel was thrown into the ring at the same time the referee was stepping forward to stop it.
Beaten Cook tried to move towards the leaping Foot to congratulate him, but his legs buckled and he needed treatment for several minutes on a stool in the ring before he was able to take his share of the applause for a brave and honest fight.
Foot was naturally buoyant afterwards.
“The game plan worked to perfection,” he said. “We were looking to get at him, frustrate him and force him to come forward later on when we would go looking for a knockout.”
The Sunderland man is now unbeaten in 11 fights and demonstrated before a watching satellite audience last night that his Sky Prizefighter triumph in January was no flash in the pan.
He deserves his shot at the British welterweight title sooner rather than later.