Paul Ingle

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Paul Ingle
Real name Paul Andrew Ingle
Nickname(s) Yorkshire Hunter
Weight(s) Featherweight
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1972-06-22) 22 June 1972 (age 46)
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 23
Wins by KO 16
Losses 2

Paul Andrew Ingle (born 22 June 1972) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1994 to 2000. He held multiple championships at featherweight, most notably the IBF title from 1999 to 2000, and the IBO title in 2000. At regional level he held the European, British, and Commonwealth titles between 1997 and 1999. As an amateur, Ingle represented Great Britain at the 1992 Summer Olympics, reaching the second round of the flyweight bracket.

Amateur career[edit]

Ingle was a member of the 1992 British Olympic team, and competed in the flyweight division. In the first round he defeated Alexander Baba of Ghana by 9–7, but lost in the second round to Choe Chol-su of North Korea by 12–13.

Professional career[edit]

Ingle made his professional debut on 23 March 1994, scoring a third-round knockout over Darren Noble. On 11 January 1997, he stopped Colin McMillan in eight rounds to win his first regional championship, the British featherweight title. Later that year, on 11 October, Ingle defeated Jon Jo Irwin by eighth-round corner retirement to win the Commonwealth featherweight title. Ingle completed the regional trifecta when he won the European featherweight title on 26 September 1998, stopping Billy Hardy in eight rounds.

First world title challenge[edit]

By the time Ingle challenged for his first world title against WBO featherweight champion Naseem Hamed, he had won 21 consecutive fights without a loss. During the entrances for their fight, Ingle was kept waiting in the ring for six minutes. Angered by this, he and his trainer Steve Pollard went back to the dressing room and only returned after Hamed had finally made his own entrance.[1] In the opening round of the fight, Ingle was knocked down and barely made it out of the round following an onslaught of punches by Hamed. A body shot floored Ingle again in the sixth, but with twenty seconds remaining he emerged unscathed. In rounds nine and ten, Ingle had some success by bloodying Hamed's nose. A third knockdown in the eleventh ended Ingle's challenge, as referee Joe Cortez deemed him unable to continue as he stood up on shaky legs.

IBF featherweight champion[edit]

Despite this first career loss, Ingle received another world title opportunity in his next fight, on 13 November 1999. He went on to defeat IBF featherweight champion Manuel Medina by unanimous decision, albeit suffering a knockdown in the twelfth and final round. In his first defence of the title, Ingle travelled to the United States for the first time and fought on the undercard of Lennox Lewis vs. Michael Grant. Facing him was former two-weight world champion Junior Jones, who held the IBO featherweight title. In an action-packed fight which was close on the judges' scorecards, Ingle was knocked down in round nine, but rallied back in dramatic fashion to stop Jones in the eleventh.[2]

Retirement and life after boxing[edit]

Ingle's boxing career ended on 16 December 2000, losing both the IBF and IBO titles to Mbulelo Botile. The fight had undergone several postponements due to Ingle sustaining injuries in training and being unable to make the 126 lbs featherweight limit. After suffering a knockdown in round eleven, Ingle went down again in the twelfth and did not rise for several minutes. He was stretchered out of the ring and hospitalised for a blood clot on the brain, spending four weeks in intensive care before recovering.[3][4] A boxing gym, the Paul Ingle Boxing Academy, has since opened in his honour, in Hull.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
25 fights 23 wins 2 losses
By knockout 16 2
By decision 7 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
25 Loss 23–2 Mbulelo Botile TKO 12 (12), 0:20 16 Dec 2000 Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England Lost IBF and IBO featherweight titles
24 Win 23–1 Junior Jones TKO 11 (12), 1:16 29 Apr 2000 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained IBF featherweight title;
Won IBO featherweight title
23 Win 22–1 Manuel Medina UD 12 13 Nov 1999 Sports Arena, Hull, England Won IBF featherweight title
22 Loss 21–1 Naseem Hamed TKO 11 (12), 0:45 10 Apr 1999 MEN Arena, Manchester, England For WBO and lineal featherweight titles
21 Win 21–0 Billy Hardy TKO 8 (12), 2:53 26 Sep 1998 Barbican Centre, York, England Retained Commonwealth featherweight title;
Won European featherweight title
20 Win 20–0 Rakhim Mingaleyev KO 4 (12), 2:53 8 Aug 1998 The Spa, Scarborough, England Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title
19 Win 19–0 Moussa Sangare RTD 10 (12), 3:00 9 Jun 1998 Hull Arena, Hull, England
18 Win 18–0 Trust Ndlovu PTS 12 28 Mar 1998 Hull Arena, Hull, England Retained Commonwealth featherweight title
17 Win 17–0 Jon Jo Irwin RTD 8 (12), 3:00 11 Oct 1997 Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England Retained British featherweight title;
Won Commonwealth featherweight title
16 Win 16–0 Michael Alldis RTD 11 (12), 3:00 28 Apr 1997 Hull Arena, Hull, England Retained British featherweight title
15 Win 15–0 Colin McMillan TKO 8 (12), 1:42 11 Jan 1997 York Hall, London, England Won British featherweight title
14 Win 14–0 Chris Jickells KO 4 (8) 6 Nov 1996 Hull Arena, Hull, England
13 Win 13–0 Brian Robb KO 2 (8) 3 Sep 1996 York Hall, London, England
12 Win 12–0 Ervine Blake KO 2 (8) 29 Jun 1996 Erith Leisure Centre, London, England
11 Win 11–0 Greg Upton KO 10 (10), 1:54 5 Feb 1996 Crook Log Leisure Centre, London, England
10 Win 10–0 Demir Nanev KO 5 (8) 15 Dec 1995 York Hall, London, England
9 Win 9–0 Miguel Matthews KO 4 (8) 29 Sep 1995 York Hall, London, England
8 Win 8–0 Des Gargano TKO 2 (6), 0:23 16 Jun 1995 Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England
7 Win 7–0 Peter Buckley PTS 8 27 Apr 1995 York Hall, London, England
6 Win 6–0 Peter Buckley PTS 8 23 Feb 1995 Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England
5 Win 5–0 Graham McGrath PTS 6 24 Nov 1994 Cottingham, England
4 Win 4–0 Anthony Hanna PTS 6 3 Aug 1994 Whitchurch Sports Centre, Bristol, England
3 Win 3–0 Neil Swain KO 4 (6) 25 May 1994 Colston Hall, Bristol, England
2 Win 2–0 Graham McGrath PTS 4 27 Apr 1994 York Hall, London, England
1 Win 1–0 Darren Noble KO 3 (6), 2:59 23 Mar 1994 STAR Centre, Cardiff, Wales Professional debut


  1. ^ "Hamed prevails in the eleventh". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 April 1999. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Ingle survives scare to win". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 April 2000. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  3. ^ Mossop, James (9 December 2007). "Boxing delivers cruel fate for Paul Ingle". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  4. ^ Gregory, Daniel (2 August 2012). "The Big Interview: Paul Ingle: I just can't watch the Botile fight back, it wasn't me in there". The Scarborough News. Johnston Press. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Paul Ingle Boxing Academy". Retrieved 31 December 2016.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Colin McMillan
British featherweight champion
11 January 1997 – May 1998
Title next held by
Jon Jo Irwin
Preceded by
Jon Jo Irwin
featherweight champion

11 October 1997 – November 1998
Title next held by
Patrick Mullings
Title last held by
Volodymyr Matkivskyy
IBF Inter-Continental
featherweight champion

8 August 1998 – April 1999
Title next held by
Michael Gomez
Preceded by
Billy Hardy
European featherweight champion
26 September 1998 – April 1999
Title next held by
Steve Robinson
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Junior Jones
IBO featherweight champion
29 April 2000 – 16 December 2000
Succeeded by
Mbulelo Botile
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Manuel Medina
IBF featherweight champion
13 November 1999 – 16 December 2000
Succeeded by
Mbulelo Botile