Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory: Shaun’s debut timed to perfection

Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory
Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory
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Fifteen years ago next Wednesday, a lad from the Edgehill estate reached the pinnacle of boxing.

Paul Ingle’s autobiography is officially launched on the 15th anniversary of his famous victory against Junior Jones in his back yard, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

At the time of going to press, I am five chapters into ‘The Yorkshire Hunter’, and I am gripped.

I don’t think Paul would mind me saying that the town has needed reminding of his unparalleled success.

It is easy to forget just how monumental Ingle’s achievements were, and hopefully his autobiography will serve as a timely reminder.

It should also provide an added incentive for Shaun Ireland (should he need it), who starts his professional boxing journey three days later when he takes on Swindon’s Joe Beeden at the Doncaster Dome.

I think if you’d have told anyone who followed Ingle down to the Star Leisure Centre in Cardiff for his debut against Darren Noble back in March 1994 that he’d end up toppling Jones in New York, they’d have laughed you out of Wales.

Despite having a superb amateur pedigree, who would have expected a Scarborough lad to achieve what Ingle did?

Now the blueprint to success has been unearthed by Ingle, Ireland should have no limits on his ambitions going into the pros.

Having never seen the lad fight, it is tough to gauge how much potential he has.

Shaun Ireland makes his pro debut next Saturday in Doncaster

Shaun Ireland makes his pro debut next Saturday in Doncaster

I can only go off the significant boxing knowledge of his trainer George Rhodes Snr, who used to give Ingle a few problems in sparring back in the day.

His promoter Stefy Bull, who fought Amir Khan and Curtis Woodhouse during his pro career, also has high hopes for his new signing.

I will be ringside come next Saturday hoping for Ireland to start with a resounding win, and who knows, perhaps his journey could mirror that of Scarborough’s greatest ever sportsman after that.

The Yorkshire Hunter is released next week, and officially launched at Waterstones, Scarborough, on Wednesday from midday.

The Yorkshire Hunter is released next week, and officially launched at Waterstones, Scarborough, on Wednesday from midday.