ROTHERHAM’S Dave Coldwell has blossomed into a top promoter, trainer and advisor to former world champion David Haye. He has come a long way since being bullied at school in Sheffield. Boxing is highly competitive - but the 36-year-old family man has carved for himself a niche at the top end of the sport.
What have you been doing today?
Today has been busy. Early start at 6.30am with a game of tennis with my business partner Spencer Fearn, followed by our weekly meeting for Coldwell Boxing which finished around 3pm. Also trained Ryan Rhodes and the lads.
Who is your inspiration?
Richard Branson and Simon Cowell for starting from scratch, building an empire and continuing to try to improve. Johnny Nelson and Mark Willie for keeping in fantastic shape despite their advancing years. Boxing wise, Top Rank for being at the top of our sport so long.
Which sports star did you admire, growing up?
Sugar Ray Leonard. Closer to home Naseem Hamed and Johnny Nelson when I trained alongside them. Those were fantastic times, used to be in awe of Naz, whereas Johnny used to help all the kids.
What’s your favourite other sport ?
Football and tennis. I play tennis regularly now, it’s the only time I can actually not think about boxing. Its great to keep sharp and very addictive as I’m very competitive.
Who is the most famous person in your phone?
Probably Ricky Hatton? He’s probably a little more famous than David Haye and Naz now?
When was the last time you cried?
When my dog Ty died last year, he was nearly 12, he died of cancer. That was hard with the whole family too, my daughter Brooke was devastated
Who or what are you most proud of?
My little girl Brooke. She’s brilliant. Good hearted, well mannered; can take her anywhere.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
Don’t let success go to your head, or let failure break your heart.
When did you know you were good at what you do?
Don’t really think like that to be honest. Just get on with what I do and hope I do a good job. I suppose you are good if your peers respect what you do, regardless of whether they like you or not.
What one item do you take with you wherever you go?
When is the most nervous you’ve ever been?
When Ryan boxed Jamie Moore, when we were about to walk out the ring. I knew what the fight meant for the rest of Ryan’s life. Nerves when Jamie got in the ring.
Do you ever doubt yourself?
Always. As a promoter, I always worry people won’t turn up. I am usually busy in the changing room as a trainer so don’t see the crowd coming in until I walk out with a boxer. Then I know it’s all good!
What is your view on social networks?
Brilliant tool for businesses. Twitter is massive, works well for our sport too as fans can communicate more and feel part of the sport more.
How do you relax away from sport ?
Find it quite hard to relax, I don’t really switch off. I love to go out for food with Lou and the kids. I love watching movies too.
Where was your last holiday?
Egypt, went to Sharm, loved it, then made the mistake of going to Hurghada. Never again! I hated everything about it, apart from the weather. I won’t ever go to Egypt again.
Do you cook?
Don’t have time! Can do a mean chicken pasta with Dolmio sauce though! Lou does all that for me, favourite is her spaghetti bolognaise.
What was the last book you read?
Fergus Upside Down Day by Tony Maddox. (One of Brooke’s bedtime books).
If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?
Probably a journalist. I’ve worked as a Boxing News columnist on their website for a couple of years.
Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?
I’ve been lucky to work in one of the best sports and I’m an example to any kid that gets told they can’t achieve anything. My advice is ignore that and just keep going.
Favourite TV programme
Celebrity Juice! Absolutely hilarious. Love it, Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon) is a genius.