Clinton Woods still carries the baggage of his days as a champion boxer - he’s just undergone his third nose operation, courtesy of a punch delivered back in 1999.
Sheffield’s former IBF world boxing light heavyweight ruler suffered the nasal wound early on against Crawford Ashley at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, in their joust for the European, British and Commonwealth belts.
“It was in the first round - but it didn’t matter at the time, I went on to win (eighth round TKO.) I had one operation on it when I was still boxing (Woods retired ten years later) and two since, one recently. The surgeon just got inside with pliers and twisted things around a bit” he said.
“I still look pretty handsome.”
Woods’ recent hospital experiences won’t be in his mind on Friday, when he appears in the corner of a boxer at the other end of his career, debutant cruiserweight Jos Paul, at iceSheffield.
Woods has trained and cornered fighters before but became frustrated as their styles had, to some extent, already been ingrained in them and he felt he could not mould them in the way he has Paul, 22, from Eckington.
In that sense, Paul is the first real professional off the Woods’ production line at his fast-expanding boxing and fitness gym in Westfield.
“He’s had no amateur career, really just a handful of unlicensed fights.
“He wanted to keep fit at my gym and has developed the taste for professional boxing.
“I said I wouldn’t go in the corner again, but young kids are coming through and they want to fight. Jos trains hard and I have enjoyed working with him for the last couple of years.Paul’s opponent has not been made public yet.
Others on the card include: (unbeaten lightweight Atif Shafiq v Abdon Cesar, (8x3) welterweight Ryan Fields v Kevin McCauley, lightweight Lee Appleyard v Youssef Al Hamidi, heavyweight Kash Ali v TBA, cruiser Russell Henshaw v Moses Matovu, super bantam Josh Wale v Aivaras Balsys, light welterw Fergus Taylor v Ibrar Riyaz.
* Sheffield heavyweight Richard Towers is back in action on November 29, at Bethnal Green.