Paul Ingle Former IBF Featherweight World Champion Who Sadly Suffered Career Ending And Life Threatening Injuries Tribute And Benefit Programme

Paul Ingle Former IBF Featherweight World Champion Who Sadly Suffered Career Ending And Life Threatening Injuries Tribute And Benefit Programme

Paul Ingle former IBF featherweight World champion who sadly suffered career ending and life threatening injuries, tribute and benefit 50 page programme.

The Scarborough & Boxing World Salute "The Yorkshire Hunter"

Paul Ingle IBF & IBO World Featherweight Champion, Football Match & Dinner, Sunday 30th September 2001, Scarborough Football Club and The Royal Hotel.

Paul Ingle Was A Bright Young Yorkshireman Being Prepared For World Status Acclaim.

09 Dec 2007

Paul Ingle was a 9st featherweight blessed with speed and imagination. His fists, they said, were as fast as a cobra's tongue. Today, seven years after his last fight, he weighs 17st, lives with his mother in Scarborough, cannot work, cannot drive and relies on £56-a-week disability pension. His fiancee left him as they tried to cope with injuries inflicted in the ring.

He had fought and won at the most famous boxing arena of all, Madison Square Garden, New York, and emerged as the International Boxing Federation's World champion.

Eight months later, on Dec 16, 2000, he danced into the ring in Sheffield to defend his title against Mbulelo Botile, a hard little South African from a township called Duncan Village. Ingle left that ring on a stretcher.

Within the hour surgeons were working to remove a blood clot from his brain. He was in intensive care for four weeks and had a secondary operation, a tracheotomy, to help his breathing.

His mother, Carol, could never bear to watch him fight. She was driven to the hospital, a journey she would repeat every day for six weeks: "They told me it was touch and go. We were prepared for the worst. I called that journey from Scarborough to the hospital in Sheffield, the road to hell."

Ingle, now 35, has difficulties with his balance. There is partial blindness in his left eye and his speech is slow, unlike the rushing but modest patter of his late twenties.

He once said famously in his Yorkshire way: "Who needs Lamborghinis and Ferraris when you've got two whippets and a ferret?"

He never aspired to own fancy, expensive cars. The call of the hills and dales and going rabbiting with brother Dean represented the joy of life outside the ring. Now one small dog, a Lakeland terrier called Annie, takes him for a walk, tugging him along old familiar paths.

Sitting at home in his unpretentious semi-detached house with a Christmas tree twinkling in the window and his four championship belts in a glass case, he talked sombrely.

In his halting way, he said: "I just miss being involved. It was always good to see people now and again, going to fights and meeting new people. There's just a brick wall now and I can't get over it. I still love boxing. It was my life. I was hard to hit. I had good head movement. Sometimes it's hard not to feel sorry for myself. I just think, 'Why am I not fighting? Why me?' I gave it 110 per cent. I wanted just a couple more fights and then I would have retired. "My mother is 100 per cent, she's No 1. If I get fed up she lifts me out of it all the time. I was always living life at 100 miles an hour, doing stuff for myself and helping everybody else. Now I can't do a thing. It does my head in.

He remembers nothing of that fateful night in the Sheffield Arena but an evening last month wrenched his emotions. A benefit dinner had been organised to help him raise around £25,000.

Several old boxers turned up to support the event, including an old opponent, Colin McMillan and two former super-middleweight champions, Nigel Benn and Steve Collins.

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Paul Ingle On Winning IBF World Featherweight Title

Paul Andrew Ingle (born 22 June 1972) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1994 to 2000. He held multiple championships at featherweight, most notably the IBF title from 1999 to 2000, and the IBO title in 2000. At regional level he held the European, British, and Commonwealth titles between 1997 and 1999. As an amateur, Ingle represented Great Britain at the 1992 Summer Olympics, reaching the second round of the flyweight category.

Amateur career
Ingle was a member of the 1992 British Olympic team, and competed in the flyweight division. In the first round he defeated Alexander Baba of Ghana by 9–7, but lost in the second round to Choe Chol-su of North Korea by 12–13.

Professional Career
Ingle made his professional debut on 23 March 1994, scoring a third round knockout over Darren Noble. On 11 January 1997, he stopped Colin McMillan in eight rounds to win his first regional championship, the British featherweight title. Later that year, on 11 October, Ingle defeated Jon Jo Irwin by eighth-round corner retirement to win the Commonwealth featherweight title. Ingle completed the regional trifecta when he won the European featherweight title on 26 September 1998, stopping Billy Hardy in eight rounds.

First World Title Challenge
Naseem Hamed vs Paul Ingle
By the time Ingle challenged for his first World title against WBO featherweight champion Naseem Hamed, he had won 21 consecutive fights without a loss. During the entrances for their fight, Ingle was kept waiting in the ring for six minutes. Angered by this, he and his trainer Steve Pollard went back to the dressing room and only returned after Hamed had finally made his own entrance. In the opening round of the fight, Ingle was knocked down and barely made it out of the round following an onslaught of punches by Hamed. A body shot floored Ingle again in the sixth, but with twenty seconds remaining he emerged unscathed. In rounds nine and ten, Ingle had some success by bloodying Hamed's nose. A third knockdown in the eleventh ended Ingle's challenge, as referee Joe Cortez deemed him unable to continue as he stood up on shaky legs.

IBF Featherweight Champion
Despite this first career loss, Ingle received another World title opportunity in his next fight, on 13 November 1999. He went on to defeat IBF featherweight champion Manuel Medina by unanimous decision, albeit suffering a knockdown in the twelfth and final round. In his first defence of the title, Ingle travelled to the United States for the first time and fought on the undercard of Lennox Lewis vs Michael Grant. Facing him was former two weight World champion Junior Jones, who held the IBO featherweight title. In an action packed fight which was close on the judges' scorecards, Ingle was knocked down in round nine, but rallied back in dramatic fashion to stop Jones in the eleventh.

Retirement And Life After Boxing
Ingle's boxing career ended on 16 December 2000, losing both the IBF and IBO titles to Mbulelo Botile. The fight had undergone several postponements due to Ingle sustaining injuries in training and being unable to make the 126 lbs featherweight limit. After suffering a knockdown in round eleven, Ingle went down again in the twelfth and did not rise for several minutes. He was stretchered out of the ring and hospitalised for a blood clot on the brain, spending four weeks in intensive care before recovering. A boxing gym, the Paul Ingle Boxing Academy, has since opened in his honour, in Hull.