Video: Trainer of tragic Scott Westgarth draws strength from gym-mate's 'hit and not be hit' boxing display

Trainer Glyn Rhodes said the boxing style of Tommy Frank's first title win has helped restore his faith in the sport.

Thursday, 3rd May 2018, 9:44 am
Updated Thursday, 3rd May 2018, 10:21 am
Glyn Rhodes

Rhodes and his pals at Sheffield Boxing Centre have been in mourning ever since one of their number, Scott Westgarth, died after a bout, in February.

Rhodes questioned himself whether he wanted to carry on.

He did - and the way Frank boxed his way to a Central Area title last Friday has helped him move into a new chapter.

"We have had a terrible last nine weeks, and still no end to it yet" he said, referring to the fact that funeral has yet to be happen.

"I was asking myself questions before, any boxing person would tell you after a tragedy such as that , I went to the gym the next day and it goes through your mind (quitting.)

"For Tommy do that, it was an unbelievable thing for the gym.

Glyn Rhodes

"And for me personally I crossed a bridge.

"Tommy won in a style I like to watch in boxing, hit and not get hit.

"I know its great for a crowd to see two guys knocking 10 bells out of each other but what Tommy did in his seventh fight, against a good, solid man - Tommy hasn't even got his man strength yet - for a young kid to do ten rounds without a mark on him, its unbelievable. I am made up."

Rhodes said the public had been incredibly supportive of Westgarth's Penistone-based partner, with a multitude of fund-raising events helping finances.