Johnny Nelson, Kell Brook and Ryan Rhodes gave moving tributes as the boxing world paid their respects at the funeral of legendary trainer Brendan Ingle
The funeral of legendary boxing trainer Brendan Ingle took place on Thursday and hundreds of mourners gathered in Sheffield to pay their respects.
The Dublin-born former boxer died last month, aged 77, following a brain haemorrhage.
Ingle’s coffin was taken to the Wincobank gym where he trained world champions – including Johnny Nelson, Naseem Hamed and Kell Brook – ahead of the funeral service, to give mourners the chance to pay their final respects.
Brook, Nelson and Ricky Hatton were among those in attendance for the ceremony which was followed by a private family service at City Road crematorium.
Nelson, who was part of the cortege carrying the coffin into the Cathedral, said afterwards: “They talk about multiculturalism, our gym was multicultural 40 years ago and, maybe, only Brendan could have done that in his style.
“He managed to contain, control, and get people living in harmony from all sorts of backgrounds and that’s how he’s always been.
“I know, for a fact, I’d never have boxed if I didn’t meet Brendan.
“I know there’s many people that took the wrong path in life but Brendan did everything possible to make sure they stayed on the right one.
“He was an original good guy, you can use the words legacy and legend and that is Brendan.”