Clinton Woods Quits Training: I Hated Every Minute of It!

Former world champion Clinton Woods has admitted he 'hated' working as a trainer after deciding to sever his ties with professional boxing. Woods held the IBF light-heavyweight title for over three years before retiring in 2009, but he failed to find the same excitement on fight nights as a trainer and grew disenchanted with the long hours.

The 40-year-old worked with a number of fighters, including middleweight prospect Liam Cameron, who switched allegiances to the Ingles gym this year, but he is now focusing his efforts on box-exercise classes and plans to open an amateur boxing club.

Woods told The Sheffield Star: "I hated it. Every minute of it. I didn't retire from boxing so I could spend even more time in the gym than when I was fighting. I don't know what came over me on fight nights, but I hated them and everybody who saw me thought I was a right miserable so and so.

"The fighters were a bit disappointed but this is my life and I didn't want to work at times of the day that didn't suit me. I don't know why professional training didn't suit me, but bringing kids through does, it's great. It's a much more relaxed atmosphere and that's what I am looking for."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 12-27-2012

Can't knock the guy for being honest.

Comment by JKidd2624 on 12-26-2012

Glad he got out of it. If his heart isn't in it, I'd hate for him to keep training fighters while not being passionate or fully committed. Cheats the boxers not getting his all.

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