Dave Coldwell’s boxing gym is a congested fight haven in 2017.
World champions and prized prospects loiter the gym with violent intent scavenging for the next victim and Coldwell is left with the responsibility to ensure his high calibre charges are in the best condition possible.
Also present these days is a former Sheffield fighter who has undergone a career transplant and is now looking to use his experience to guide fighters to the same heights that his gym landlord has done. The Coldwell Boxing fight factory is now also the home of Richard Towers and the once exciting heavyweight is digesting all that Coldwell is feeding him.
“I’ve landed on my feet haven’t I?” Asks a privileged Towers who is now training fighters out of Coldwell’s Rotherham base.
“I’ve been doing this training stuff literally five minutes and I’ve got people like Dave Coldwell helping me out and showing me so much and there’s also the stuff that I’ve been learning with Adam Booth who’s allowed me to assist him in some brilliant fights featuring the likes of Andy Lee and Ryan Burnett. That type of experience sometimes takes years to build up but I’ve been a part of it so early in my training career and I’m so grateful that these experienced world class trainers who’ve seen an awful lot believe in me enough to help me out.”
Towers’ slow transition from fighter trainer has been done under the studious eye of Booth who was eager to point out to his once eager charge that preparing fighters and guiding them to lofty heights could be a career where Towers could find plenty of success. With Booth and Coldwell passing down prestige testimonials, another high class trainer was also keen to highlight Towers’ coaching potential.
“Brendan Ingle would always be telling me that one day I’d make a good trainer because I was always helping others in the gym and I think that stood out to him quite a lot because it was like he was always pushing me in that direction. He’d pull me aside and tell me some really nice things about me being good with others and having the time and patience to go over to other kids and give them little bits of advice.
“Brendan would explain that it wasn’t just about making champions, it was about helping people in life and giving them whatever support could make a difference to them. It’s definitely something I’ve always wanted to do but it’s only in last few years that I’ve sat down and paid attention to others and learnt from them so it can make me the best I can possibly be.”
Coldwell, who is delighted with Towers’ progress is looking forward to working closely with his new lodger. “He’s been a breath of fresh air in this gym and he’s got the place really buzzing of a night when he brings his lads in. You can see he’s desperate to learn and he’s picking up things really quickly and he’s not afraid to ask questions. He’s going to be assisting in the corner when some of my guys are fighting and that wouldn’t be happening if I didn’t fully 100 percent believe in him.
“The gym is thriving at the moment as my guys are in during the day and then Richard brings his own fighters in afterwards so he can work on them. He’s speaking to me everyday and I’m impressed so much with what he already knows so it’s going to be good watching him develop as a trainer with his own group of fighters.”