British boxers caught up with renound Manchester boxing trainer Joe Gallagher to ask his view on the Nathan Cleverly change of training camp, and would he be accomodating of Nathan to Manchester and into his gym, which boasts the longest unbeaten run in British boxing and champions such has John Murray, Matthew Macklin and Anthony Crolla, amongst many other boxing starletts waiting to break onto the big stage.
“I’ts good that he is willing to go and look elsewhere for training and sparring. wether it be in London or Manchester, said Gallagher.
“Manchester, I believe at the moment to be the boxing capital of Britain. In our fgym alone for sparring theryres Macklin, Hosea Burton and Liam Cullen, just down the road theres Tony Bellew over in Liverpool theres alot of good fighters there to spar with, Paul Smith and that, he would be very fortunate with sparring if he were to move to the Northwest area.
“But if he went to London equally there are a lot of quality fighters down there to accomodate him sparring, but what suprises me more and its a good thing, is that he is willing to make the move, to better himself and improve and its a positive sign that he isnt resting on his laurels”. said Gallagher.
All signs are that Cleverly will still be trained by his dad Vince, who has done a wonderfull job in getting his boy to the pinnacle of world success. And Joe Gallagher believes that staying with his dad and training with a new team for the sparring side is a good move, unlike Joe Calzaghe, who stayed in Wales all his boxing career.
“It suited Calzaghe staying in Wales, but he was in a stable at the time that had Nathan in it, Gavin Rees, Bradley Price and good fighters like that to train and spar with, Nathan hasnt got that.
“And noone knows Nathan better than his Dad and he has done a really good job with him and im sure he will always be a part of Nathan’s future and whatever he decides to do. They work well, train well and the results speak for themselves. So theres nothing broke, it’s just that Nathan has progressed so quickly in such a short time. Its been a rapid climb upto the level and the titles he has won in just two years, where as with my fighter John Murray its took eight years. added Gallagher.
Asked if Gallagher would welcome Cleverly into his Manchester gym, he said. “We would welcome Nathan to our gym for sparring, we have arranged once or twice before for him and Macklin to spar, but for whatever reason it didnt happen. But id be more than happy for him to come up for sparring at our place, if the Cleverly’s. Dean Powell and Frank Warren wanted that!