Moore: “Ingle was some machine”

Paul Ingle Boxing Academy opens. Jamie Moore chats to Paul during filming for Sky.Picture Richard Ponter 140803u
Paul Ingle Boxing Academy opens. Jamie Moore chats to Paul during filming for Sky.Picture Richard Ponter 140803u

The Sky Sports cameras rolled up at the newly-opened Paul Ingle Boxing Academy in Hull for the latest in their Life After Boxing features.

Former British and European light middleweight champion Jamie Moore, who now fronts up the feature for their weekly show, Ringside, has fond memories of Scarborough’s sporting hero Ingle.

Speaking to The Scarborough News before filming began at the academy, Moore said: “I actually boxed on the undercard when Paul won the world title against Manuel Medina here in Hull, so I’ve got some fond memories of Paul.

“I was also there the night he sustained his injuries, I was sat ringside and that wasn’t good to watch.

“My overriding memories of Paul was him boxing Prince Naseem Hamed and giving a good account of himself when nobody expected him to, and of course winning the world title.

“And him just being a warrior, he was a great fighter and he was in some terrific battles.

“His body punching was something to behold.

“His workrate was phenomenal, obviously his undoing in the end was struggling to make the weight, but when he did the weight OK he was some machine.”

Ingle has been on a strict weight-loss plan, put together by his friend Sonny Pollard, son of his former trainer Steve Pollard and the man behind the academy opening up.

The former featherweight world champion has managed to lose six stone and is eyeing up a brighter future, both inside and outside the sport.

This is a pattern that Moore says is common among retired fighters.

He added: “Paul’s problems have been well documented in the last few years since he had his accident and had to stop boxing.

“But he’s come through the other side now and it’s great to see him well and it’s good news.”

Moore is hoping their Life After Boxing feature with Ingle, which is set to film on Sky Sports’ Ringside show tonight (Thursday 20), can be an inspiration to others.

He added: “These features that we’re doing for Sky show that the pattern is that they struggle when they retire for the first 12-18 months.

“The positive stories are those that come through the other side like Paul here at the gym, and it’s usually help from those surrounding them from their boxing career that give them a kick up the backside.

“Hopefully with these features we’re doing on Sky, and people like Paul, who can be an inspiration to others who have been in similar circumstances to him, can get them to ask for help if they need it.”