Brendan Ingle Passes Away at 77:
By Bryan Connolly
In extremely sad news this Friday morning, legendary trainer Brendan Ingle MBE passed away at the age of 77.
In his long and illustrious career Ingle trained world champions such as Johnnny Nelson and Prince Naseem Hamed, and the likes of Kell Brook, Ryan Rhodes, Herol Graham and others walked through the famous Wincobank doors in Sheffield.
Before he started training fighters Ingle was a professional himself and his record was 19 wins and 14 losses. His first fight was in May 1965 in which he won on points in Manchester.
In his professional career he only had one fight for a title and that was towards the end of his career. He fought Pat Dwyer in October 1973 for the Central Area Middleweight Title in which he lost on points.
He then was asked by a local vicar to help with troubled youths and he started helping with that cause. He organized a weekly dance in St Thomas’, and then opened the boxing gym, which ended up being a long conveyor belt of champions.
Ingle was much more than a boxing coach he was in many ways just as much a life coach to his fighters, a mentor in every way.
In total he trained four world champions, six European champions, fifteen British and six Commonwealth champions.
Then in 1998 in maybe his biggest triumph Ingle was awarded an MBE for his services and contributions to British boxing and his youth work.
Boxing has surely lost one of its best ever today.
Rest In Peace