How it went wrong for South Yorkshire boxing - but our sport will bounce back soon
Kell Brook's intrepid but ultimately unsuccessful showdown with pound for pound genius Gennady Golovkin was one of the most memorable chapters in recent, local boxing history.
Brook suffered a broken eye socket at the O2 Arena in London, on September 10.It spelt the end of a 36-fight winning run dating back some 12 years.The high-profile reverse also ushered in a period where several other South Yorkshire fighters also felt the pain of defeat.Since Brook's fifth round loss on worldwide TV, several other local-area campaigners have gone down gallantly.
October 1: City heavyweight David Howe was stopped by Nathan Gorman in Stoke, as they competed for the Central Area heavyweight title.November 25: Sheffield's Liam Cameron lost down under to Zac Dunn in Victoria, Australia, for the Commonwealth super middleweight title.November 26: Sheffield's Sam Sheedy was on the wrong end of a split decision loss to Tommy Langford at Cardiff, in a British middleweight title joust.December 10: Doncaster heavyweight David Allen was TKO'd by Luis Ortiz at Manchester Arena.January 21: Promising Ingle super lightweight suffered a dramatic knockdown 42 seconds into his scrap with Andreas Maier in Preston. February 4: Sheffield's 'Birley Bomber' Adam Etches was outpointed by John Ryder at London's Olympia, depriving him of the IBF International super middleweight title.
Son of Sheffield Clinton Woods wants all these fighters to bounce back - as he once did himself.In 1998, he lost to Suffolk's David Starie in a Commonwealth super middleweight title fight and four years later was stopped by pound for pound champion Roy Jones Jrin America.But neither vanquishment disuaded him from chasing his dream. He went on to rule the world from 2005 to 2008 as IBF light heavyweight champion."I hope all of these local fighters to go on and flourish after their defeats" the Westfield gym owner said."Brook lost to the best on the planet and in the unlikely event Amir Khan accepted the fight Kell would beat him, no question. If Kell faces Errol Spence in Englandthat would be a great spectacle."Howe is a massive bloke who still has potential. He should look hard at using that size. "Cameron is only 26, he's got talent and I remember how strong he was when I used to spar with him. I always thought he'd win something and I hope he does."Sheedy must be a nightmare to fight. If he added more power to what he's got he could go all the way. He will win titles."Allen should fight at cruiserweight and at 24 has time to progress. Shafiq will also come back with the Ingles behind him."Etches didn't look as much in shape as I've seen him before, he'd probably be better at middleweight. But he has got genuine punching power and will go on to have asolid career" said Woods.