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Paul Ingle

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  • Nickname: Yorkshire Hunter
  • Date of Birth: 22nd June 1972 (52 years old)
  • Retired: 16th December 2000 (Career length: 6 years 8 months)
  • Status: Retired
  • Nationality: England Flag England
  • Birthplace: Scarborough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom Flag Scarborough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Residence: Scarborough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom Flag Scarborough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Division: Featherweight
  • Height: 166cm
  • Reach: 170cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Paul Ingle
  • Debut: 23rd March 1994

Biography

Paul Andrew Ingle, born on June 22, 1972, is a celebrated British former professional boxer whose career spanned from 1994 to 2000. Ingle's boxing journey is marked by significant achievements, including holding the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title from 1999 to 2000 and the International Boxing Organization (IBO) title in 2000. His prowess wasn't limited to global titles; regionally, he captured the European, British, and Commonwealth featherweight titles between 1997 and 1999, showcasing his dominance across various levels of the sport.

Before turning professional, Ingle had a distinguished amateur career. He represented Great Britain in the flyweight division at the 1992 Summer Olympics, reaching the second round. Additionally, he won the 1991 Amateur Boxing Association British flyweight title, fighting out of Scarborough ABC, laying the groundwork for a noteworthy professional career.

Ingle's professional debut came on March 23, 1994, when he made an immediate impact by knocking out Darren Noble in the third round. This victory was a sign of things to come. By January 11, 1997, Ingle had claimed the British featherweight title by stopping Colin McMillan in the eighth round. He continued to build on this success by acquiring the Commonwealth featherweight title in October 1997 and the European featherweight title in September 1998.

A pivotal moment in Ingle's career was his challenge against WBO featherweight champion Naseem Hamed. Despite a valiant effort, Hamed defeated Ingle, experiencing his first career loss. However, Ingle's resilience shone through as he bounced back to win the IBF featherweight title from Manuel Medina in November 1999 despite being knocked down in the twelfth round. Ingle successfully defended his title against Junior Jones, showcasing his indomitable spirit and boxing skill.

Tragically, Ingle's boxing career ended abruptly on December 16, 2000, during a bout against Mbulelo Botile for the IBF and IBO titles. After a severe knockdown, Ingle was hospitalized with a blood clot on the brain, spending four weeks in intensive care. This incident forced him into retirement.

Despite his abrupt career end, Ingle's legacy in boxing remains indelible. The Paul Ingle Boxing Academy, established in Hull, is a testament to his contributions to the sport and his enduring influence on aspiring boxers. Ingle's story is of triumph, adversity, and an undying passion for boxing.