Sheffield’s ex world champ plans new generation of boxers

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Former world champion Clinton Woods is planning to produce a generation of young Sheffield boxers in his own image.

The ex IBF light heavyweight title holder aims to start a new amateur foundation working on rookie kids, some of whom have never donned boxing gloves before.

Clinton Woods

Clinton Woods

Speaking on video on Woods said his present gym in Westfield was so popular he was planning to extend it.

“We’re in the process of getting drawings done and submitting them, the gym is going really well, partly because I have a lot of young kids coming through now” he said. “I am thinking about turning it into an amateur club. I have got a few blokes who interested in helping me. I am bringing up the amateurs myself, I am not having any other trainers in the background watching me train their old fighters. I want to train my own fighters. Bring my own guys up how I want them to box, not spending half the session correcting how they been told to punch by another trainer. I can bring my own crop of fighters up.”

Woods has already sent a couple of his prospects to Sheffield Boxing Centre, ahead of possible professional careers.

Woods also thinks Kell Brook will be far too classy for Vyacheslav Senchenko when the two collide at Sheffield Arena on October 26. “I think he (the Ukranian) is an ordinary fighter, his best win was fighting a really out-of-shape Ricky Hatton. But for Kell it is a great name for him to beat. It is onwards and upwards with him. I believe that next year will be Kell’s year and beating the likes of these guys is a great experience for him.”

Woods believes an in-his-prime Hatton would have dismantled Senchenko “hands down.” “It was not the Hatton everybody knew. Senchenko is a good tidy boxer but I don’t believe he is Kell’s class.”

Woods also had no hesitation in answering the question who the best world champion was ever to come out of Sheffield: “Easy, Clinton Woods!”