The Paul Ingle Boxing Academy threw open its doors this week, with the former featherweight world champion in Hull to cast his eye over the facilities.
Potential future champions will soon be donning the gloves and pounding the bags at the academy, named after Scarborough’s sporting hero Ingle, who won the IBF world featherweight title against Manuel Medina in Hull in 1999.
“It’s first class, such a buzz to be here and see the academy open,” said Ingle.
The academy is the brainchild of Sonny Pollard, Paul’s friend and son of his former trainer Steve Pollard.
Ingle added: “I appreciate everything Sonny has done for me, he’s been great.
“The whole thing seems a bit new now, but once we get some lads in here training and get some music blaring out, it’ll be fantastic.
“It’s a great honour for this gym to be named after me.”
Those are sentiments echoed by former professional boxer Pollard.
He said: “A lot of work has gone into putting this place together and it’s great to finally be in here.
“Hopefully we can now get a future world champion coming from this academy, just like Mr Ingle.”
Sky Sports’ Jamie Moore and Andy Scott were at the Academy for the opening, and former British and European light middleweight champion Moore was delighted to see Ingle in better health and getting the recognition he deserves.
Moore said: “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.”