Dave Coldwell – Jack of all trades

Phil Jay 27/05/2011

A trainer, manager, promoter, cornerman, not to mention a former flyweight boxer, Sheffield’s David Coldwell is an all round boxing man of all seasons and a testament to what a boxer can achieve if he isn’t destined for world glory.

Born in 1975 and turning professional in 1996 at the age of 21, David Coldwell fought for four years in the ring, claiming the Central Area flyweight title and putting in brave performances against Micky Cantwell and Jose Lopez Bueno, whom he took the full twelve rounds in Zaragoza, just a few months before he won the WBO title.

David had been involved in training kids at a gym for Brendan Ingle for a few months prior to his last fight in 2000 against Jim Betts and after a stoppage defeat, decided to plough all his energy into the training side of the sport, which turned out to be an astute decision by David.

He had always loved the training side of boxing, the banter and the atmosphere of being with the lads in the gym. David used to train with champions such a Naseem Hamed and Johnny Nelson, so it was the ideal learning curve for David and gave him a focus, which was to become a top trainer.

Coldwell’s first experience as a head trainer was with light heavyweight, Pinky Burton, who never really set the division on fire, but gave David some much needed experience in dealing with boxers from the flip side of the coin and gave him the confidence he needed to take on more challenges.

One of which was taking Chris Emanuele to the British masters bantamweight title, David’s first title of any kind as a trainer and is one of a host of journeymen fighters David has helped in the past like Daniel Thorpe, Paul Royston, James Tucker and Dean Walker, who David sees it as a pleasure to have worked with.

In 2003, David delved into the promoting side of the game, starting up Koncrete Promotions, which David nurtured through over twenty shows. It led to an offer to start up Hayemaker promotions with David Haye and Adam Booth, which David accepted and he has help turn into one of boxing’s top promotional companies.

During his time at Koncrete, David came across a young boxer by the name of Kell Brook, who he nurtured into a class act, taking him from his ninth fight in 2005, to the British welterweight title in 2008, when he stopped Barrie Jones in seven rounds.

Among the other boxers in Coldwell’s camp is the re-juvenated Ryan Rhodes, who has held British, European and WBC international titles and is now challenging Saul Alvarez for his WBC 154lb title in June after stopping Jamie Moore, Luca Messi and Rocky Junior in the past 18 months to earn his chance.

David also has high hopes for Rotherham welterweight Navid Mansouri, with the 24 year-old already 7-0-1 after just over 18 montha in the sport and Jerome Wilson, who impressed everyone with his devastating knockout on the Haye v Harrison undercard to score his fourth win in four contests.

On the promotional side, David is an important figure on the British scene and has worked alongside some of the small hall promoters, who have such an important role to play as its not all about Arenas, Stadiums and titles. Global brand Golden Boy promotions now have David’s knowledge on board after his link-up with Hayemaker and Coldwell was on hand to help out George Groves in his recent victory over James DeGale.

Dave is true boxing man and credit to the sport, no job is too small or too big for the Yorkshireman and at 35, Coldwell has plenty to offer boxing. A true gentleman of the fight game who deserves every success he claims in the future.

“I have been lucky enough to work with some of the best small hall promoters in the game on a regular basis in Erol johnson, Jon Pegg and Steve wood,” Coldwell told World Boxing News.

“Also some of the biggest names from Golden Boy, whom Robert Diaz is a personal friend, Frank Warren and of course Adam Booth with Hayemaker.

“Working with Adam has taught me so much about the highest level in the game, the business side, the pitfalls and the training side. Also Tommy Gilmour and I have a great relationship that has opened doors for me over the last couple of years.”

“Its been a fun ride and now i’m working with my good friend Spencer Fearon as well, 2011 is gonna be even more exciting.

“I’m lucky to have done what i have in the game, but it’s been down to the above people, and many more also that have influenced and helped me along the way.”