If 2014 was the year Scarborough’s sporting son Paul Ingle got his life back on track, 2015 should be the year he starts to reap the rewards of his hard work.
I had the pleasure of Ingle’s company last week as I met with him, his good friend and owner of the Paul Ingle Boxing Academy - Sonny Pollard and Paul Zanon, a boxing journalist for the Daily Sport.
Zanon is in the process of wrapping up Ingle’s long overdue autobiography, which should hit the shelves next summer.
The London-based journalist penned famous boxing trainer Jimmy Tibbs’ best-selling book last year and from what I’ve heard, read and seen, he will make a superb job of Ingle’s book.
Some of the stories flying around the table at the restaurant and then at Scarborough Amateur Boxing Club last week certainly whetted my appetite.
I will be battling as hard as possible to get the rights to print some extracts when the publisher seeks to do so next year.
The small entries I’ve been made privy to should excite the hoards of boxing fans in Scarborough, whether they followed Ingle’s ups and down during his spectacular career spanning from 1994-2000 or not.
The main reason for us meeting up was to discuss potential ideas to give the book as big a nudge as possible.
As with any book launch, there will be promotional events to attend, book signings, photo opportunities etc, but between myself, Zanon and Pollard, son of Ingle’s former trainer Steve Pollard, we’re hoping to put on an evening shortly after the book launch to celebrate the career and achievements of Ingle.
His former promoter Frank Maloney, now Kellie Maloney of course, has expressed an interest in getting involved too, which of course would be great.
Say what you want about Maloney, whether the whole sex change is a publicity stunt or is genuine, she has written what I’m told is a superb foreword for the book.
If we can get a bit of momentum surrounding Ingle then the sky is the limit for the town’s former IBF and IBO featherweight world champion, and who knows what he could achieve.
Paul, with the help of Sonny and others, has got a grip of his life, losing seven stone in 2014, I hope 2015 is the year that the people of Scarborough show their support for the Yorkshire Hunter.