Paul ‘The Yorkshire Hunter’ Ingle Autobiography.
As an avid follower of boxing or a local of the time, Paul ‘Yorkshire Hunter’ Ingle, a featherweight boxer, is one of the best sportsmen to come out of the borough and an unrecognised by the council one at that.
Paul’s career went from strength to strength. Starting as an amateur at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 as part of the British Team, to, by 1999 having a 21-0 record. He may have unsuccessfully challenged Naseem Hamed, but he put it right by claiming the IBF Featherweight World title from Manual Medina, then going on to add the IBO belt to his collection.
However, it was his fight in 2000 against Mbulelo Botile that was to bring the popular boxers flying career to an end. An end, resulting in Paul suffering a blood clot to his brain. And after undergoing surgery and a lengthy recovery, Paul retired.
Paul’s autobiography, THE YORKSHIRE HUNTER, which was released this month, tell his story, from his humble beginnings to THAT fight, all in HIS words. There are contributions from fellow boxers and also people within his camp that were witness to everything. It’s the story of a true fighter.
I was honoured to be able to meet Paul at his book signing in Waterstone’s in our hometown, Scarborough. Sat alongside Sonny, who was on writing duty, Paul looked both happy and a little dumbstruck to both the whole process, plus the sheer number of people waiting to meet him.
Having read Paul’s book and as he himself wrote, it answers the age-old questions, especially that of ‘Whatever happened to Paul Ingle?’ I have to admit that, I’m not a boxing fan, nor do I know too much about the sport in general, but the chapters on Paul’s career were an easy read and it was a great insight into the life/training, plus pros and cons of being a boxer. However, it was the chapter written by Paul’s mum that had me hooked, more so for being a parent myself. Everything she felt and went through, even in written form I couldn’t begin to comprehend.
It was great to read about Sonny’s involvement and friendship to Paul in getting him back on track and his continued support. Amongst many other things, Sonny, with help, has set up the PAUL INGLE BOXING ACADEMY in Hull. With the full support of Paul himself, it’s a great place for people of any boxing ability to gain the right help and support. They hold classes just for women and also one for children. If you prefer it or need it, they also have personal training available, which you can contact them about and book a free consultation.
I wish Paul nothing but personal happiness, as he truly deserves it.
Paul’s autobiography is available from Waterstone’s and also Amazon HERE, where it is currently ranked number three in the boxing section.