Sunderland's Glenn Foot beat Dale Evans in the final of Prizefighter
By Adam Norman. Last Updated: 20/01/13 12:41pm
Sunderland's Glenn Foot claimed the first Prizefighter trophy of 2013 with a hard-earned victory over Dale Evans in the final of welterweights III.
Both fighters came into the event unbeaten but it is Foot who goes away with his record intact after a thrilling night at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall.
Following a quality final in which both had their successes, Foot got the nod on a split decision by dint of his slightly higher work-rate and quality right hands.
Evans unsurprisingly felt he had done enough but he will surely come again under the tutelage of Gary Lockett.
Foot made it to the final with contrasting wins over Steven Pearce and Chad Gaynor.
Local hope Pearce was disorientated by a big right that landed high on the head, and he never really recovered from it - the referee stopping the action in the second round.
The semi-final against Rotherham's Gaynor was a quality affair and Foot's work-rate got him through.
He raced out of the blocks, rocking his opponent with a right hand and although Gaynor stayed on his feet the Sunderland man continued to let his bombs go.
The Yorkshireman had his moments throughout but Foot appeared the hungrier of the two and was always first to get his shots off, mixing it up nicely and deservedly getting the verdict unanimously.
Gaynor had looked the part in his opener, stopping Calum Cooper in the first round with the Birmnigham boy unable to come back from some big right hands, the referee somewhat belatedly stepping in.
Evans had seen off pre-tournament favourite Mark Thompson 29-28 on all the scorecards in the other semi-final, the veteran appearing to have injured his right hand.
However, the stylish Welshman thoroughly deserved the win against his more experienced opponent as he bossed the first two rounds with faster hands.
He had got past teenager Sam Eggington in a thrilling quarter-final, the local youngster brave as they come as he took Evans' best shots and came back with looping blows of his own.
Thompson won his opening contest when Rob Hunt was pulled out by the doctor in the third round after a clash of heads that left him with a bad wound above the right eye.