Stabbed fighter back in the ring

Fighting fit: Gwyn Wale, who was stabbed close to his heart, is now a boxing trainer.'              PICTURE: ASHLEY BALL.
Fighting fit: Gwyn Wale, who was stabbed close to his heart, is now a boxing trainer.' PICTURE: ASHLEY BALL.
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A BOXER almost killed when he was stabbed just an inch away from his heart is back in the ring again after making a full recovery.

Gwyn Wale, aged 27, was building a wall for a neighbour on Becknoll Road, Brampton Brierlow, Rotherham, when he was attacked last August.

The well-known boxer, who made his debut as a professional in 2002 and made a comeback last February after a five-year absence from the ring, needed emergency surgery after the attack.

He has retired from boxing, but now has a trainer’s licence and was in the ring as a cornerman last night for 21-year-old undefeated middleweight Matthew Mallin, from Stairfoot in Barnsley.

Gwyn, whose father Mick is a trainer and brother Josh boxes, said: “It’s hard for me to accept I won’t box again.

“I’ve tried the training and I struggle with my chest and have to regularly go to the hospital.

“It’s difficult to watch the lads fight because that’s what I want to do, but training has given me a new challenge.

“I’ve tried to pick up the best from everybody I’ve worked with in boxing and I didn’t want to pack it all in without passing on what I’ve been taught.

“I trained in Scotland, in Huddersfield and with my dad. I also watch a lot of boxing and watch the cornermen to see what they say and do and I’m learning all the time.”

He said training boxers was the ‘next best thing’ to fighting.

Gwyn spent two weeks in hospital after the attack. He was given emergency first aid by his father until paramedics arrived at the scene, after managing to ring his dad to raise the alarm.

William Lowe, 44, of Edward Street, Great Houghton, Rotherham, has been charged with wounding with intent over the attack. He is due to stand trial at Sheffield Crown Court next month.