Bob Westerdale talks with Glyn Rhodes

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Glyn Rhodes, MBE, aged 53, professional boxing trainer and Hillsborough gym owner.

What have you been doing today?

Today I’ve been shovelling snow up and down my drive; it’s like the north face of Everest.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My first inspiration was my grandad who I lived with as a kid; he boxed himself and was a working class old school type.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I never admired any sportsman as a kid but can remember been in the room when Cassius Clay fought Henry Cooper.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I don’t have a favourite sport other than boxing for me if you want to be the best at what you do you have to be at your sport 24/7.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Most famous person in my phone is the Queen since I got the MBE! Really, a few well-known boxers.

When was the last time you cried?

I cry all the time I almost cried when I got the MBE and again when I had a party to announce it.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My kids, they’ve grown up well rounded and educated, unlike me.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Keep your hands up and your backside off the floor.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

When I started being a trainer because I knew that after all my experience in boxing no fighter could fool me, with anything.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My phone is always in my hand; if I misplace it I go all faint.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

When I boxed on the Eubanks v Watson undercard open air White Hart Lane football ground. I’d never boxed in front of that many people before. I lost on points to a future world champion.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I always doubt myself in my private life I suppose but I never doubt myself at all when it involves boxing; I’m always 100 per cent confident.

What is your view on social networks like twitter and Facebook?

Social networks are great; twitter and Facebook are great if you’re into boxing.

How do you relax away from sport?

I never relax ever. People always tell me I’m going to have a heart attack one day if I don’t slow down.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

Last holiday was Miami beach. I’ve been going there since I was a kid. I even went to the original 5th St gym where so many great fighters trained. It was a dump but some of the greatest boxers who ever lived trained there. I’m going again in a few weeks.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I never cook. Every time I open my cooker I burn my fingers. Lots of people cook for me. They feel sorry for me so feel they have to feed me.

What was the last book you read?

Last book I read was ‘My View from the Corner’ by Angelo Dundee who I first met in 1980 in the 5th St gym on Miami beach.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I dread to think what I would be doing if I wasn’t boxing. I’m not the smartest kid on block so who knows; your guess is as good as mine!

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

Readers should be interested because I’m a kid who grew up with not much education, which was my own fault for not paying attention at school. But I got involved in a sport I love and have been fortunate to have travelled all over the world met people I could never have met, done things I would never imagined and to cap it off got the MBE. So that shows you don’t have to be the smartest kid in school to go on to achieve your dreams.

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