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IntuBoxing Remembers: Brendan Ingle

Legendary trainer passes away at age 77

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Legendary trainer Brendan Ingle, has sadly passed away this morning at the age of 77.

Born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland in 1940, Ingle moved to England at the age of 18. He boxed as a professional himself, once reaching as high as the UK’s number eight ranked middleweight.

But it was as a trainer that Ingle made his name. When he first set up the Wincobank gym in Sheffield little did he know that it would one day become an institution for British boxing. Ingle oversaw the rise of Prince ‘Naseem’ Hamed from the age of just seven years old until he turned 25.

Ingle also oversaw the career of Johnny Nelson bringing him from the verge of journeyman status to a six-year-long reign as the WBO cruiserweight champion of the world. Ingle also trained former IBF light-heavyweight champion, Clinton Woods, former WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter and oversaw the career of Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, a fighter most regard as the best British fighter never to win a world title. Graham had this to say:

“Brendan was a good teacher. He gives you confidence and self-belief. He makes you believe you can do anything you want, that you’re able to win a fight without the opponent touching you. I was in his household for two-three years, so I had that influence regularly, (Credit - Boxing News). “It’s a discipline he instilled. If there’s none at home or in the gym, you get unruly children and unruly boxers.”

Brendan passed away peacefully at 7.40am at the Royal Hallamshire hospital on Friday.

In life, Ingle was a revolutionary part of British boxing, he was awarded an MBE in 1998 for his services and contributions to British boxing and his work with young people in the Sheffield area. In death, he will live on through sons Dominic, who is overseeing the careers of Kell Brook and Billy Joe-Saunders and his other son, John. As well as the plethora of boxing faces old, and new who’s lives he touched in their own unique way.

R.I.P Brendan. Boxing will miss you more than you could ever know.