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Carl Greaves ranks among Britain’s best after helping Scunthorpe’s Dec Spelman to the English light heavyweight title


By Connor Thompson


Carl Greaves says his recent success ranks him as one of Britain’s best coaches.

The boxing trainer, manager and promoter guided Scunthorpe’s Dec Spelman to the English light heavyweight title in front of more than 1,000 spectators in his home town as he defeated Kirk Garvey on a unanimous decision.

Greaves’ title win was his second in as many weeks after helping Craig Derbyshire claim the English super flyweight title a fortnight ago.

Carl and Dec (11717342)
Carl and Dec (11717342)

“Both were clear points victories,” Greaves said. “I’m on a roll at the minute.

“It’s been a fantastic year for me, personally.

“I’m up there as one of the trainers of the year in Britain.

“Some of the trainers are starting with the top amateurs and Team GB talents, and I’m taking fighters and turning them into title winners; into champions.”

Greaves’ words can be backed up at the elite level too as Leicester’s Sam Bowen and Newark’s David Avanesyan are among his ever-growing group of top level professionals.

A huge year for Bowen has seen him lift the Inter-Continental super featherweight title and defend the British super featherweight title, while Russian-born Avanesyan earned a ninth round TKO win against Spain’s formerly unbeaten Kerman Lejarraga for the European welterweight title.

Greaves said a good relationship between the coaching team and the fighter goes a long way, but highlighted things can change quickly in boxing.

“I have a good bond with all my fighters and I think that’s really important,” he said.

“Making sure you’re doing the simple things is what’s all about for me, just keep working hard and keep at it.

“But I’ve said it before, boxing’s a funny game ­— one minute you’re at the bottom of the mountain, the next minute you’re at the top.”

The former world super featherweight title holder, who retired as fighter in 2004, has the mix of experience inside and outside the ring and can call on both experiences to help coach his fighters.

“I’ve been in the game since I was 11 years old, I believe in what I do,” Greaves said.

“When you’re in that corner as a fighter, you only remember a few things.

“I try to keep it simple because you can only take so much on board.

“I don’t overload them with information, I say what I feel is right in that moment.”



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