Growing up on one of Scarborough's toughest estates, Paul Ingle pulled on his first pair of boxing gloves at the age of seven. Known by fans, foes and friends as 'The Yorkshire Hunter' he fought almost 200 times as an amateur, representing his country in every major international tournament and, in November 1999, beat Manuel Medina for the IBF featherweight world title. Months later, in front of a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, Paul came off the canvas and stopped Junior Jones in an eleven-round epic to add the IBO belt. In December 2000, he fought Mbulelo Botile in what ought to have been a straightforward defence. But then, knocked down in the twelfth, Paul was rushed to hospital where he had emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. The Yorkshire Hunter tells the story of an endearing and enduring man who never left his roots. With a foreword by Kellie Maloney, this is the tale of a fighter whose fiercest battle came outside the ring.
Publisher: Scratching Shed Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 210 x 138 x 12 mm
Joe Calzaghe - "An excellent fighter and a good champion and a great guy. He was a very special talent and showed that against Naz - at a time when Naz was invincible Paul caused him a lot of problems and was unlucky to lose. One of them was going to run out of steam and it was unlucky it was him. Billy Hardy - "Paul's work rate was immense. He was called the Yorkshire Hunter for a reason! When he had somebody on the back foot, he wouldn't let them off the hook with his power and energy." Johnny Nelson - "A true Yorkshireman through and through. If you looked up Yorkshire Terrier in the dictionary there should be a picture of Paul Ingle there. He was in it for the game not the fame." Glen McCrory - "Every time he won a new title, he would become the first featherweight British champ, then first Commonwealth etc in Scarborough. Everything he did came with a headline. He re-wrote history every time he stepped in the ring and the people in the local area loved him for that. Especially as he never wanted to move away. They were loyal to him - he repaid that loyalty at every opportunity he could. A gritty, fiery, determined, tough individual, who would always give better than his best every time he stepped into the ring." IBO President, Ed Levine - "Winning two world titles that day in the boxing mecca of the United States has to be the pinnacle for any champion." Graham Earl - "I've sparred with a number of world champions and I can honestly say he's one of the most down to earth likeable person to have ever worn a world title belt and to have become a friend of his is something very special to me. A true world champion and a humble guy inside and outside of the ring. Even if I try hard, I can't think of a bad thing to say about the fella." Adam Smith - "I have always had a soft spot for Paul Ingle. A true fighter through his career, and an even braver fighter after it. Paul always had a wonderful sense of humour and was a pleasure to interview. Still has, and still is. A world class boxing man through and through." Robin Reid - "He shouldn't be remembered for what happened at the end of his career, he should be remembered for what he achieved during it. He was an incredible fighter." Tris Dixon, editor of Boxing News - "What a warrior, what an underrated warrior Ingle was. Paul was a throwback, he would hunt you down, chase you all night and thrill those who'd paid to watch the brutal little man at work."