Brendan Ingle

Brendan Ingle MBE (19 June 1940 – 25 May 2018)[1] was an Irish boxing trainer, manager and former professional boxer based in Sheffield, England. Ingle trained four world champions in total at his Wincobank gym, including Johnny Nelson, "Prince" Naseem Hamed, Junior Witter, and Kell Brook.[citation needed]

Brendan Ingle
Born(1940-06-19)19 June 1940
Dublin, Ireland
Died25 May 2018(2018-05-25) (aged 77)
Sheffield, England
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins by KO6

Professional careerEdit

He had a professional record of 19 wins and 14 losses.[2]

Boxing trainerEdit

While living in Wincobank, Sheffield, England, Ingle was asked by a local vicar to carry out some community work because youth in the area were "running wild." He knew nothing but boxing, but he organised a weekly dance at St Thomas' church hall and the boxing gym St Thomas' Boys & Girls Club was opened.

Herol 'Bomber' Graham, undefeated in ten years is what Ingle would call "the best person to come out of our gym," although perhaps Ingle is best known for being Naseem Hamed's mentor from the age of seven to 25. He has also trained former IBF Light Heavyweight titlist Clinton Woods and was the trainer of former WBC Light Welterweight titlist Junior Witter. He also was trainer of former WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson. He lived in Wincobank, Sheffield, just across the road from his gym, St Thomas' Boys and Girls Club.[citation needed]

In total he has trained four world champions, six European, 15 British and six Commonwealth champions.[citation needed] Ingle's fighters relied on footwork and reflexes for defence, leaving the hands free for offensive activity.[citation needed]

Brendan's sons, Dominic and John, both run the Ingle Gym their father established. [3]

Honours and personal lifeEdit

He has also lectured at Sheffield Hallam University where he was awarded an honorary doctorate. Ingle was awarded an MBE in 1998 for his services and contributions to British boxing and his work with young people in the Sheffield area.[4] In August 2014, Ingle was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[5]

Ingle died in May 2018 due to a brain hemorrhage at the age of 77. Upon his death, former student Johnny Nelson paid tribute to Ingle as "the best trainer in the world".[6]


  1. ^ "Brendan Ingle: World champion boxing trainer dies aged 77". 25 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. ^ "BoxRec: Brendan Ingle". Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Boxing has lost a legend". 25 May 2018.
  4. ^ "No. 55354". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1998. p. 18.
  5. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Brendan Ingle: World champion boxing trainer dies aged 77". 25 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.

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