Scarborough’s former world champion Paul Ingle is set to have a new boxing academy named in his honour.
Ingle’s good friend Sonny Pollard, son of his former trainer Steve, is opening the Paul Ingle Boxing Academy in Hull, near where the Yorkshire Hunter used to train after turning professional.
Ingle, who has lost just over four stone in three months, is delighted that Pollard has decided to name his new gym in his honour.
He said: “It’s brilliant, possibly the biggest honour I could ask for in the sport.
“I can’t thank Sonny enough for everything that he’s done for me, he’s been brilliant.
“You meet a lot of people in boxing that forget you very quickly, and Sonny hasn’t done that, he’s been first-class with me.”
The Scarborough man is now hoping to give something back to the next generation of young fighters.
He added: “I am hoping to lose some more weight and get in there and give something back to the young lads.
“I’ve got a lot of knowledge of the sport and just haven’t been able to get in the ring and show the kids properly, if I’m going to coach then I want to do it properly.
“I’m never going to be able to get back down to the weight I was when I was fighting, but I’m hoping I can get to a healthy and sensible weight.
“I’m motivated again now and really hope I can get going in the sport again.
“I passed my coaching badges before Christmas so who knows now.”
Sonny is also delighted with Paul’s progress.
He said: “I’m setting up a new gym and boxing academy and we’re delighted to be naming it after Paul.
“I’ve known Paul a long time and it is great that he is making progress and taking off some weight.
“He was in Hull recently to meet fans at our Riddick Bowe night and you can see he is improving and getting the weight off. Hopefully he can keep it going now.”