Feature | Jun 01 2016

Dave Coldwell, the man behind Tony Bellew, discusses his labour of love

Dave Coldwell is boxing through and through, writes George Gigney
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YOU would struggle to find an area of boxing Dave Coldwell has not been involved in. Whether it be in a large or small capacity, the cheery Sheffield man has experience in almost every level of the sport. He has been a fighter, both amateur and professional, a cornerman, manager, promoter and head trainer.

The latter role is arguably the one he has most experience in, having started training youngsters and amateurs in 1996 alongside his own development as a professional fighter. Honing his skills at Brendan Ingle’s famed Wincobank gym, Coldwell committed to training professional fighters following his retirement as one in the year 2000.

Since, he has helped develop the likes of George Groves, David Haye, Kell Brook and Ryan Rhodes into champions. In recent years he moved into management and promotion, setting up Coldwell Boxing alongside businessman and friend Spencer Fearn, a venture which saw his workload rapidly increase and, as such, led to his decision to stop coaching fighters full-time.