Sheffield boxing trainer celebrates 20 years at gym

Glyn Rhodes

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Some of the biggest names in recent Sheffield boxing history will come together tonight to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Glyn Rhodes’ Sheffield Boxing Centre.

Rhodes opened the gym in 1994 after leaving the Ingle camp, where he had honed his skills.

He transferred some of the techniques to his own camp and boxers like Bomber Graham, Silky Jones and Clinton Woods all had spells at his Hillsborough base.

But Rhodes does not gauge success stories on title-winning stars.

He said: “There are some boxers who are so talented that they are destined to go on and win major titles.

“But there have been kids who have come to the gym and not known their left hand from their right and they have gone on to spend years with us and become better people.

“They are the ones that I have had a lot of satisfaction over the last 20 years.”

The sell-out celebration at Sheffield’s Royal Victoria Hotel has a dual purpose.

Rhodes is trying to raise up to £20,000 to take amateur boxers aged 11-16 to New York, in August.

n Dronfield middleweight Lewis Taylor and Doncaster’s Jason Ball fight in a derby-style contest tonight.

Undefeated Taylor is seeking his 13th consecutive win while Ball has a more modest won 7 lost 15 drawn 1 record.

Taylor, who beat Max Maxwell in his last fight in December, will be looking for his second KO.

Also on the bill, at Newcastle, is Sheffield bantamweight Ross Burkinshaw. He faces Valentin Marinov from Bulgaria.