Ex-world champ Sheffield’s Clinton Woods quits professional game

In a corner: Clinton Woods with Lewis Taylor.
In a corner: Clinton Woods with Lewis Taylor.
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FORMER world champion Clinton Woods has severed ties with all his professional boxers.

The one-time IBF light heavyweight ruler has decided to stop training paid-fighters after just a year in the job.

Instead, he is concentrating on his box-exercise classes for members of the public - and is aiming to open his own amateur boxing club.

He intends to extend his existing base in Carley Drive, Westfield in the New Year, to accommodate young up and coming athletes.

Woods had trained fighters like Lewis Taylor, Jamie Ward and Reagan Denton.

But he revealed: “I hated it. Every minute of it.

“I didn’t retire from boxing so I could spend even more time in the gym than when I was fighting.

“I don’t know what came over me on fight nights, but I hated them and everybody who saw me thought I was a right miserable so and so.

“The fighters were a bit disappointed but this is my life and I didn’t want to work at times of the day that didn’t suit me.

“I look forward to the exercise classes with males and females who can be aged anything from seven to 60. The kids at Westfield love it. And the one-on-one sessions are good too” said the Sheffielder.

“My gym has passed an inspection and when I get everything I need I will start training amateur boxers that have come through my system. Lewis Taylor for instance came through Hillsborough Boys, but I want kids brought up in my own way.

“I don’t know why professional training didn’t suit me, but bringing kids through does, it’s great. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere and that’s what I am looking for.”

Woods said his decision to quit professional involvement had nothing to do with the fact that middleweight Liam Cameron left his gym to to go the Ingles.

“Good luck to Liam, I hope he does well - I think he has got what it takes to be a champion. I believe he has got the right team behind him there and can spend the amount of time on him that I couldn’t.”