Rotherham boxer faces career crossroads after car crash

Chad Gaynor against Ahmet Patterson
Chad Gaynor against Ahmet Patterson
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Chad Gaynor’s boxing career is still on hold after the fighter broke his neck in a car accident last month.

The brilliant welterweight posted photographs of himself on twitter, in a hospital bed supported by a neck brace.

Asked if he was likely to fight again, the fighter tweeted: “God knows, should be dead...really lucky.”

On December 23, he added: “lucky to be alive, still a chance of becoming paralysed.”

Sheffield heavyweight Richard Towers was one of the first to send his support.

Gaynor, from Thrybergh, Rotherham, lost his attempt to win the English title when he was stopped by Ahmet Patterson at iceSheffield in September.

But he has a won 15 (KO 8) lost 2 record and was tipped to go far.

Meanwhile, Ryan Rhodes is to front a state-of-the-art new boxing gym to rival others in Sheffield - and bring on the next generation of fighters.

Rhodes, former two-times British and European Champion and four-times world title challenger will train professional boxers at the site on The Moor, which is due to open late February or March.

Boxers including Beighton’s Commonwealth champion Ross Burkinshaw, Jamie Robinson, Dave Fidler, Louis Rutherford and Lee Appleyard will train there, as well as Curtis Woodhouse, if he continues to box. The gym, which will include a sprint track, will also be a commercial fitness club for the public. It will be owned by POW UK, of Matilda Street, for whom Rhodes is head of promotions.