A host of boxing’s top names, led by British heavyweight contender David Price, are set to honour the career of Scarborough’s Paul Ingle.
The Blue Glove Foundation are to host the Paul Ingle Benefit Dinner at Hull City’s KC Stadium on Friday May 10, with Liverpool’s Price set to attend.
Ingle’s boxing career was tragically cut short after he suffered a blood clot on his brain following a gruelling defeat against Mbulelo Botile in Sheffield in December 2000.
One man who holds Paul in high regard and is looking forward to catching up with him in Hull is Ed Robinson, a former professional boxer and current presenter for Sky Sports boxing.
Speaking to the Scarborough News, Robinson said: “Whenever I mention Paul Ingle to anyone in boxing, you see a twinkle in their eye, that is how much people thought of him as a boxer.
“Paul was in some terrific fights and I have a lot of great memories of him.
“The one that sticks in the memory is his fight with Colin McMillan for the British title at York Hall.
“I was working for Frank Maloney at the time and he asked us all if we thought he was ready to fight McMillan.
“I’d watched Paul a lot in the ABA’s and we all told him he was ready.
“He went on to have some great nights against the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed and Junior Jones, and the Manuel Medina fight was fantastic.”
Robinson remembers his visits to Scarborough during Ingle’s heyday well. “We came up to watch him in camp at the Grand Hotel a couple of times and he threw that many punches that filming was made easy,” he added.
Scarborough’s current professional boxer Danny Price is delighted Ingle is to be honoured.
Price said: “Scarborough will never have a sportsman like Paul again.
“To be a two-time world champion is a great achievement. It’s great they’re honouring him with this dinner.”
The dinner is being organised by Sonny Pollard, son of Paul’s former trainer Steve, pictured left with Paul.
Sonny said: “I’ve known Paul well since 1993.
“He is a great bloke and it’s great that we can have this dinner to honour him.”
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