WBO world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) has once again hired a new trainer.
The undefeated boxing has parted ways with trainer Adam Booth, and has now joined forces with Dominic Ingle in Sheffield.
Last year, the 27-year-old Saunders left longtime trainer Jimmy Tibbs to join forces with Booth. It was an unexpected pairing, because Saunders had defeated Andy Lee - who is trained by Booth - to capture the WBO title in December 2015.
Saunders has been inactive since making his first and only world title defense last December. He is expected to return for his second defense on September 16th at Copper Box in London.
According to Saunders, he left Booth because there were too many distractions while training so close to home.
Ingle is best known at the moment as being the head trainer of former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook.
"I got a call a couple of weeks back from [Saunders’ promoter] Frank Warren asking if I’d like to train him, and to be honest I don’t tend to train kids from other gyms who are ready-made, I just don’t do it," Ingle told Boxing News.
"But Billy Joe I’ve known for many years, my fighters have boxed him, I knew him when he was on the GB squad. He’s an entertaining fella, he can fight - but that’s not what you have to teach him. It’s his lifestyle, getting him into shape.
"We had a chat, we set a date for him to come up so he arrived last Sunday night, he’s been in the gym for about five sessions, he gets on with everybody, he’s easy-going, he’s on the diet and he’s dropping weight quickly. Two weeks of that and we’ll see how he shapes up, he’s got 12 weeks until his fight. He’s only 27 and he said he’s got too many distractions where he lives. He needed to get away. All he does here is train, eat, sleep, rest and he’s back in the gym. I think he’s going to settle here."