Phil Jeffries picks three fighters he believes could bring a British title back to the North East

Published On Wednesday, October 29, 2014By
ng>Phil Jeffries is on the lookout for another British boxing champion from the North East. Here he picks the three fighters he thinks are most likely to make his dream a reality:

GLENN FOOT (Sunderland 13(6)-0-0)

Sunderland boxer Glenn Foot
Sunderland boxer Glenn Foot

Foot won Prizefighter in January 2013 and after beating Jason Cook and John Brennan later that year, he looked set for big things. A sickening knife attack almost saw him lose his hand but Foot has fought back and in July returned to boxing with a tune-up points win over Kevin McCauley to move to 13-0. He now has the opportunity to win the English title when he challenges Ahmet Patterson. Jeffries said: “I want a British champion and Glenn Foot and Kirk Goodings are probably my two best chances. “I’ve got Foot fighting for the English title (in February), which will be an eliminator for the British title against Frankie Gavin. “I’d got an English title fight lined up for McClumpha too, until he pulled out with an ingrowing toe nail. “Glenn rang me and said he needed a good warm-up fight for February. I want him to win that one, so I had to sort him out with something. He’ll be involved in a tough six-rounder at Rainton Meadows on November 30 to get him ready.”

KIRK GOODINGS (Sunderland 11(3)-2(1)-0)

Martin Rickett/PA Wire Scotty Cardle (left) hugs Kirk Goodings after winning the English Lightweight Title fight at the Manchester Arena, Manchester
Scotty Cardle (left) hugs Kirk Goodings after winning the English Lightweight Title fight at the Manchester Arena, Manchester

Sunderland lightweight Goodings won four on the bounce after returning to the North East and moving to Sean Casey’s BO Boxing Gym. Prior to that Goodings won a national competition (boxing’s equivalent to the X-Factor) which earned him a top promotional contract and the chance to train in London’s world famous Peacock Gym. His four victories after returning included beating Paul Truscott for the English title and then defending it on the big bill at the Metro Radio Arena against Gary Fox. He took a second defence on a Matchroom bill against their man Scott Cardle and was stopped in the first round. Jeffries still believes he can earn a British title though. He said: “I know Kirk got caught with that punch in his last fight (against Scott Cardle, knocking him out in the first round) but he’ll be back. I need to build him back up again. “Of all of my boxers he’s the one who works the hardest. “He trains with Sean Casey, who used to train my son, Tony, so I know how hard he works them. “Trainers like Sean, Neil Fannon and Mal Gates will travel all over the country to get the best sparring for their lads, Kirk’s had some sparring with Frankie Gavin this year.”

TOMMY WARD (West Rainton 10(1)-0-0)

 Tommy Ward (L) in action against Jamie Quinn at Temple Park
Tommy Ward (L) in action against Jamie Quinn at Temple Park

“Little Tommy Ward is going to be a superstar. He’s great to work with and he’s going to be a cracking fighter.” If you’ve ever seen the young boxer in action then you would understand Jeffries’ claims. Ward is the younger brother of Martin who challenged Stuey Hall earlier this year for the world title at the Metro Radio Arena. He recently won his tenth consecutive bout on the Steve Wraith South Shields show but is now looking to step up. He should, on the Shields show, have gone in against former British and European champion and world title challenger Esham Pickering but a pull out meant it was just a four rounder against Jamie Quinn. Now though, Ward and his team will be looking for the fights that will get him in contention for titles at super bantamweight.