Boxing veteran Brendan Ingle says Kell Brook’s world title winning achievement was one of the biggest moments in the 40-year history of the gym he set up in Sheffield.
And he says that if Brook defends his title in the Summer against Amir Khan, it will get higher ratings than any other domestic clash in 2015.
The 75-year-old architect of Sheffield boxing has passed over the day-to-day training of his boxers to his sons, but keeps a close eye on what goes on at the Wincobank base.
“Our gym has been going over 40 years and is still going strong. Brook is our latest champion and if he defends his title in Sheffield [on March 28] then a fight against Amir Khan would sell out anywhere; it would be the biggest fight in the country this year if it happens” he told ESPN.
Kell winning the world title in America last year was one of the highlights we’ve had since I set it up [in 1964]. He had been with us since a kid.
“Kell was never out of trouble but coming to the gym straightened him out.”
Ingle says the same culture of bringing kids from troubled backgrounds continues to exist.
“You can get them somewhere when you inspire and give them motivation. It keeps them off the street and gives them self-discipline. You see it now with the kids we have got in the gym like Brook, Kid Galahad and Richard Towers” he said.
“We are still churning out champions and the place is packed at 8am every Saturday. Kell’s the star but we’ve also got Kid Galahad in the gym and he’s going to be outstanding - our next world champion.”
Galahad (Abdul Barry Awad) has won the Boxing Writers’ Club ‘Young Boxer of the Year’ award for 2014 and is keen to fight Scott Quigg or Carl Frampton.