Boxing legend Ingle gives his verdict

Johnny Nelson and former trainer Brendan Ingle
Johnny Nelson and former trainer Brendan Ingle
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“He’ll stand him on his head,”

That’s the verdict of trainer and Sheffield boxing legend Brendan Ingle who celebrates 50 years of St Thomas Boxing Club this year.

Johnny Nelson and trainer Brendan Ingle

Johnny Nelson and trainer Brendan Ingle


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“I could be wrong and I have been before but I think he will beat him up,” said the 74-year-old.

“What people don’t realise about Johnny is that he has never stopped training. He’s been ticking over and he looks terrific. I’m over the moon for him.

“People might say he’s mad to fight at 48 but he’s always kept himself in good condition.

“From the time he started boxing people have been saying to me: ”What are you wasting your time training him for, but I always knew he would be British, European and world champion.

“Then he went all over the country doing talks and exhibitions, then he is working for Sky TV. He has put the time in, done the work and look what he has achieved for himself.

“My lads Dominic and John Ingle will be taking care of his training and I’ll be helping them if necessary. They have it all worked out.”

Brendan trained and mentored Johnny Nelson to a fight record to now: 45 Wins (29 knockouts, 16 decisions), 12 Losses (1 knockout, 11 decisions) and 2 Draws.

- To celebrate 50 years of St Thomas Gym in Wincobank started by Brendan Ingle in 1964 Johnny Nelson and others are organising a gala dinner event to be held at Magna, Rotherham on November 21 when boxers and celebrities will pay tribute to Dubliner Ingle.

Tickets are £50 and are available from the ticketline on 07799 080511 or email