LEGENDARY trainer Brendan Ingle has knocked the olive branch out of former World Champion Prince Naseem Hammed’s hand.
The former World champion and cross over star attempted to make amends following their acrimonious split. ‘Naz’, a former opponent of Wayne McCullough, who fought in the Basket Ball Arena and The Point, revealed he was keen ‘say sorry for the nasty things I said about him, because I am so grateful for the things he did for me’.
The 41 year old shared a rather nasty split with the Dubliner, who both coached and managed him to World title success, but ahead of being inducted into the Hall Of Fame said he wanted to share the experience with the man who helped make him a star.
“I want to see Brendan and say sorry for the nasty things I said about him, because I am so grateful for the things he did for me,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“The person that I want to be honoured with me in Canastota is the first trainer I ever had and that’s Brendan. He should be in the Hall of Fame. He’s produced so many world champions. The time I had with Brendan was an amazing time. It was priceless.
“You couldn’t put an amount of money on that.
“What I learnt from that gym and that environment was priceless. The only thing I really want is to sit with Brendan to apologise to him, if I upset him, and to make up with Brendan.
“I’ve been asking to go and see him for two or three years and his son keeps saying to me he’s not ready. I want to go back. I spent more time with that man than his own gym. You can just see how many world champions and great fighters were created from that stable.
“It wouldn’t be a nice thing if I walked to the actual house and was rejected. I went to a boxing show not long ago and he was there. He looked at me like he could see straight through me. I will go there, put my cards on the table and say: ‘Listen, I’m a father of three now, them boxing days have gone by the wayside, I’m just here to say to you, I’d love to make up with you. I want to give you a big hug and apologise for everything I said wrong to you or did. I want you to forgive me’. ”
However, Ingle, whose gym has produced the likes of Naz, Johnny Nelson, Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, Ryan Rhodes, Junior Witter and Kell Brook isn’t keen on a reunion.
A source close to Mr Ingle told the Sheffield Star Hamed had damaged lives and relationships and none of the Ingle family wish to meet him.
The source said: “He is not interested in meeting him – none of the family are.”
Dublin born and Sheffield fight legend Ingle however,