Scarborough’s former world champion Paul Ingle is set for a return to the ring - almost 14 years to the day since his glittering career was tragically cut short.
Ingle will be in the corner for all nine of Scarborough ABC’s fighters at their show at Cayton Bay Holiday Park on Saturday night after finally receiving his coaching licence.
It has long been a plan of Ingle to get involved with his former club and give something back to the sport, but a mixture of factors has delayed him receiving his level one coaching badge.
Ingle will make his debut in the corner this Saturday, and he admits to slight nerves about his new role.
He said: “It’ll be great to get back involved and get that buzz of being involved in boxing again.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while.
“I just love boxing. It’s what I’ve done all my life and despite what I’ve been through, if I could still fight, I would.
“But I can’t so I’m chuffed I can be involved in giving something back to the young lads at the club.
“I miss training and it’s great to see the young lads working hard and putting the effort in.”
Ingle is keen to see a bumper crowd at Cayton Bay on Saturday, “It’s a bus ride up the road, it’s nothing,” added Ingle.
“Anyone who likes boxing from Scarborough, get yourself up to the show as it’ll be a cracking night.”
Scarborough coach John Brownlie is delighted to have Ingle involved.
He said: “When Paul walks in the gym you can see a change in the tempo and all the lads up their game as they want to impress him.
“Now he’ll be in their corner and it’ll be a great advantage to our lads to have Paul in there with them.
“He has massive experience and that can only be a positive for our club.”
There are 16 fights on the card, with the first fight getting under way at 8.30pm.
Admission is £10, £6 for concessions.