Sky Tyne & Wear reporter Mark Masterton interviewing East Durham College Boxing Coach Dave Binns and Boxer Glenn Foot

College Coach in TV Spotlight

Mon, 2002-01-21 00:00

Yesterday Sky Sports TV cameras came to visit East Durham College to hold an interview with head boxing coach Dave Binns.

Dave was being interviewed along with one of the professional boxers he trains, Glenn Foot, ahead of Glenn taking part in the Betfair Prizefighter Welterweight III tournament at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall which is live on Sky Sports this Saturday night.

The Prizefighter competitions, which see eight fighters go into an FA cup style draw and then battle it out in one explosive night to be crowned the winner, have become very popular and the series is now in its 28th edition.

Previous winners include the likes of heavyweight Michael Sprott and the reigning British super featherweight champion Gary Buckland.

The highly competitive field on Saturday includes five undefeated fighters, so whoever claims the £32,000 winner’s prize will more than have earned their cash and the coveted Prizefighter trophy.

And Dave Binns believes, despite his initial doubts about the tournament format, that Glenn has what it takes to impress on the big stage in front of the TV cameras.

Dave said: “Initially, I thought Glenn would be better against one man over 10 rounds.

“But the more I have been watching him in training; in this format I just can’t see anyone building up the momentum to beat him. If someone can beat Glenn on Saturday night they will be a very good man.”

Glenn, 25, from Marley Pots in Sunderland, who trains at the College’s state-of-the-art boxing facilities, says he’s confident he can add to his already impressive 7-0 professional record on Saturday.

Glenn added: “I’ve always watched the Prizefighter fights on TV and it’s a fantastic competition.

“There will be a wide arrange of fighting styles on display on Saturday night which should make for an interesting competition.”