‘No thanks, Naz’ - Brendan Ingle rejects reunion approach from Naseem Hamed

Brendan Ingle with Naseem Hamed in training
Brendan Ingle with Naseem Hamed in training
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Legendary Sheffield boxing trainer Brendan Ingle has rejected an offer to meet Naseem Hamed after his former protege attempted to make amends following their acrimonious split.

Hamed has revealed that he wants to meet Mr Ingle and ‘say sorry for the nasty things I said about him, because I am so grateful for the things he did for me’.

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The ex-world champion is also hoping for forgiveness from Anthony Burgin, who broke every bone in his body in 2005 after the boxer’s car hit his vehicle in a head-on collision – resulting in Hamed being sent to jail for dangerous driving.

Brendan Ingle trained Naseem Hamed from the age of seven to become a world champion.

Brendan Ingle trained Naseem Hamed from the age of seven to become a world champion.

But Mr Ingle has now indicated to The Star he is ‘not interested’ in taking part in such a meeting.

A source close to Mr Ingle said Hamed had damaged lives and relationships and none of the Ingle family wish to meet him.

The source said: “He is not interested in meeting him – none of the family are.”

It comes after 41-year-old Hamed said he wants to build bridges with his former trainer.

Naseem Hamed pictured with Brendan Ingle in 1996

Naseem Hamed pictured with Brendan Ingle in 1996

Hamed, who now lives in Wentworth in Surrey, was speaking ahead of his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York State, at the weekend.

He was trained by Mr Ingle from the age of seven in his Wincobank gym and went on to become world champion under his guidance.

The pair’s relationship broke down in the late 90s, with Ingle unhappy about Hamed’s attitude as his success increased.

Hamed told the Daily Telegraph: “I want to see Brendan and say sorry for the nasty things I said about him, because I am so grateful for the things he did for me.

“The person that I want to be honoured with me in Canastota is the first trainer I ever had and that’s Brendan. He should be in the Hall of Fame. He’s produced so many world champions. The time I had with Brendan was an amazing time. It was priceless.

“You couldn’t put an amount of money on that.

“What I learnt from that gym and that environment was priceless. The only thing I really want is to sit with Brendan to apologise to him, if I upset him, and to make up with Brendan.

“I’ve been asking to go and see him for two or three years and his son keeps saying to me he’s not ready. I want to go back.

“I spent more time with that man than his own gym. You can just see how many world champions and great fighters were created from that stable.

“It wouldn’t be a nice thing if I walked to the actual house and was rejected. I went to a boxing show not long ago and he was there. He looked at me like he could see straight through me. I will go there, put my cards on the table and say: ‘Listen, I’m a father of three now, them boxing days have gone by the wayside, I’m just here to say to you, I’d love to make up with you. I want to give you a big hug and apologise for everything I said wrong to you or did. I want you to forgive me’. ”

Hamed has also asked for forgiveness from Mr Burgin over the 2005 car crash.

He said: “The only thing I regret in the whole of that was me injuring someone in the way that I did. I regret that so much.

“To put anybody through any kind of pain – that whole jail thing is far, far away now. It’s all about that one individual. I just hope one day he can forgive me. It was an accident.”

He added: “With age, you become more humble, more wise. As a father, you become more responsible. I’m a lot more mature.”

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