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THIS LIFE

Glyn Rhodes speaks to John Dennen about how Brendan Ingle and Herol Graham changed him, the tragic death of Scott Westgarth and the purpose of his boxing club
CREDIT TO BOXING: Rhodes continues to give so much of himself to the sport
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WE become something in different ways. Glyn Rhodes has a good life. He has a lovely home, big too, in a well-to-do area of Sheffield. His back garden looks out over a green valley, where the famous Dam Busters practised for their bombing run in World War Two. He doesn’t live far from where he grew up but he has come a long way.

Rhodes is from a council estate. “If I’d never started boxing I’d probably still be in there. None of my family ever boxed so it was just by chance that I ended up boxing. But boxing’s enabled me, not that there’s anything wrong with where I used to live, but boxing’s enabled me to move away from the area and live here and I love it. Every day I love it,” he said. “I never went on to be a world champion or anything like that, but look what boxing’s done for me.

GLYN ★RHODES★ IN-DEPTH WITH

“That’s what I tell the kids in the gym all the time. You don’t have to become undisputed world champion for boxing to change your life.”

When Rhodes was a child though, he was going nowhere fast. “It always seemed to me more exciting to be doing things that you shouldn’t be doing than just being a nice kid and, you know, going to play football. We always seemed to get involved doing things that were just things you shouldn’t have been doing,” he laughed. “When everybody else was going through a car stealing phase, we nicked a boat off the canal in Sheffield and were sailing down the canal. And we thought we were pretty good because everybody else is only nicking cars and we got this boat.”

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