Published On: Thu, May 22nd, 2014 on 9:05 am

Boxing stars Junior Witter and Brendan Ingle visit Carlton Bolling College

Junior Witter Carlton Bolling College

Brendan Ingle and Junior Witter (front) with Carlton Bolling students

Students at Bradford’s Carlton Bolling College have had a surprise visit from two famous boxing personalities.

Boxing champ Junior Witter and his current trainer Brendan Ingle came to the school yesterday to train students in the art of boxing, take part in workshops, and talk about achieving goals and tackling barriers.

It’s now the third week Junior has helped tutor students taking part in a theatre production combining the world of boxing and drama alongside the Sheffield-based Hype Dance Company.

Junior, who is a former Carlton Bolling College pupil himself, told the Yorkshire Standard: “It’s brilliant to be back. I enjoy coming here, enjoy meeting people from my area and help educating them about life.

“The students are learning brilliantly. They took the production seriously, knuckled down and got down with the work.”

Headteacher at Carlton Bolling College, Adrian Kneeshaw, added: “With Junior being a former student here, we are celebrating people who’ve contributed to the community and been a success.

“Having him in school with students and mentoring too, is a visual representation that you can come here and get to the very top in life.”

Boxing trainer Brendan Ingle also gave inspirational advice to students.

He is known for mentoring Prince Naseem Hamed from the age of 7 to 25, who went on to become the WBO, WBC, IBF, European bantamweight, and Lineal featherweight champion.

Mr Ingle has also trained Clinton Woods, who was a former IBF, European, and British light heavyweight champion.

Speaking highly of Bradford, he said: “I’ve got a place for Bradford in my heart.

“We’ve done so many exhibitions here in clubs, schools and colleges… I don’t know where the time has gone but it has been a pleasure. The people I’ve met here have been fantastic.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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