Legendary Irish boxing trainer Brendan Ingle has died aged 77
Highly respected trainer Brendan Ingle has died at the age of 77, the British Boxing Board of Control has confirmed.
The Irishman became one of the domestic fight scene's most influential figures during a decorated career in which he trained four world champions, including Naseem Hamed and Johnny Nelson.
His gym in Wincobank, Sheffield continued to thrive when his sons Dominic and John assumed control, but it is Brendan Ingle who is still credited with inspiring its success.
Ingle initially established the Ingle Gym to provide a place for young people to train, and was made an MBE in 1998 for his services and contributions to British boxing and for his work with young people in Sheffield.
Ingle's success and that of his fighters owed much to his unique methods. If not the highest profile, Nelson perhaps represents Ingle's biggest success in the way he was transformed into a world champion having lost his first three fights.
Nelson was among those to pay tribute to Dublin-born Ingle.
"A good, good man has left this earth today," Nelson said on social media. "A good friend. A good father figure. And the best trainer in the world."
Dave Coldwell, another of Britain's leading trainers, said: "The man that started me off on the road to where I am. He changed so many lives that were going nowhere and did so much for the sport of boxing in the UK. Thoughts with his family, friends and all the fighters he worked with."
British heavyweight Tony Bellew said: "Brendan Ingle has left a legacy that very few can ever compare to, so sad."
Frank Warren, who promoted Hamed while he was trained by Ingle, said: "Deepest condolences to (wife) Alma and the Ingle family after the passing of trainer and mentor Brendan.
"Boxing has lost a legend and I will look back fondly on the many great moments we shared together in the sport. RIP my friend."
R.I.P Brendan Ingle MBE— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) May 25, 2018
The sport has lost a great man who created a legacy ... pic.twitter.com/3q9WL2wHzO
Just seen the sad news about Brendan Ingle. What he created at the Wincobank gym with his sons and others is a very special piece in British Boxing history. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends #rip— anthony crolla (@ant_crolla) May 25, 2018
Just heard about the passing of Brendan Ingle. A sad day for boxing, he did so much for the sport and the community. Our thoughts with Dom, John and all the family. Rest in Peace 🙏🏼— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) May 25, 2018
Hearing the news about Brendan Ingle and Dean Francis is truly heartbreaking.. My thoughts are with all family and friends of both men at these difficult times.. Brendan Ingle has left a legacy that very few can ever compare to.. so sad 😔— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) May 25, 2018
The Great Whispering Guru is gone. Brendan Ingle changed the shape and face of British boxing. The boxing man is dead. Everybody else in the business was in a line behind him / the place will not be the same.— Steve Bunce (@bigdaddybunce) May 25, 2018
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On this 1 occasion I am using social media to inform People a good good man has left this earth today. A good friend. A good father figure.. AND THE BEST TRAINER IN THE WORLD The true power behind the throne. A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values. Marcus Aurelius... This is who I class as a true legend BRENDAN INGLE MBE RIP. Funeral June 14th Sheffield Cathedral 1:30 the 3:30 City Rd crematorium
All at Sheffield United are saddened to hear of the passing of Brendan Ingle this morning. His work created some of the biggest names in boxing and firmly put the Steel City on the map. RIP 🥊⚔️ pic.twitter.com/bizcCdcQSv— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) May 25, 2018
Brendan Ingle . R.I.P. #Respect.— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) May 25, 2018
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