Inside Boxing with Bob Shannon, longtime Manchester boxing coach, aka ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ – Bob speaks openly to Terence Dooley for britishboxers.co.uk about his time in boxing, his late father Bob senior, who he follows in the footsteps of and the latest going on’s with his crop of fighters.
Bob continues to up-hold the age old Shannon family tradition of training champion boxers, from his gym on Ashton Old Road, on the outskirts of Manchester City Centre.
The veteran coach was recently featured on Sky’s Ringside show. He told the Sky TV cameras that he is determined to bring success to his gym to honour the memory of his son, Robert, and father, also called Robert, who both tragically died in car crashes decades apart. Robert Junior’s death hit Bob hard; he works as a full-time decorator and once told Britishboxers.co.uk that the lonely nature of the job makes it tough to get thoughts of his son, who also held a coaching license, out of his mind.
Shannon currently trains Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton “Quiet Storm” Vassell, 19-0 (9), “Magic” Matthew Hatton and cruiserweight contender Matty Askin, 13-0 (9). Former charge Prince Arron left after losing his British light-middleweight title to Brian Rose last December; Arron has since joined Steven Bell and Kerry Kayes at The Phoenix gym in Denton.
Shannon also trained former British featherweight champion Andy Morris, Ali Nuumbembe, who won the Commonwealth title at welterweight and Wayne Rigby, who shot to prominence by winning the WBF light-welterweight title, and many others. By Terence Dooley and Chris Maylett www.britishboxers.co.uk @britishboxers @terryboxing
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