Clinton’s ring side butterflies

Corner man: Woods and Jamie Ward.
Corner man: Woods and Jamie Ward.
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CLINTON Woods has admitted his debut as a boxing trainer gave him just as many butterflies as his time fighting for world titles.

Sheffield’s former IBF light heavyweight champion was in the corner of Gleadless’s Jamie Ward recently- and looked agitated during the battle with Mexborough’s Lee Nicholson.

It was only when Woods’ 22-year-old protege battered Nicholson into the canvas for a KO win at Don Valley Stadium that Woods could relax.

“I just wanted the kid to win” said Woods.

“We had worked hard to improve things like leg speed and the type of shots he threw.

“The one that won him the fight was an upper cut I’d been on at him to throw.

“He was very limited to start and lost one of his first two fights. But he can punch and we’ll see how much he can improve.”

Woods, who retired after the defeat by Tavoris Cloud in Florida in 2009, says he has no immediate plans to train any other boxers although requests were coming his way.

He is more concerned in completing plans for his new gym in Westfield, where he used to live.

Sheffield southpaw Wayne Reed goes in pursuit of a big pay cheque tomorrow in TV’s Prizefighter competition. The super middleweight, a Sheffield United fan, faces Joe Ainscough at Olympia, Liverpool. If he wins the eight-man tournament he gets £32,000. Former world champion Robin Reid returns to the ring after a three year absence.

Sheffield boxers Richard Towers and Adam Etches will be on the undercard of Amir Khan’s April 16 contest at Manchester’s M.E.N Arena.