Weird case of the Sheffield boxer with no trainer

Dave Coldwell
Dave Coldwell

A bizarre fall-out has ensued after a Sheffield boxer due to fight in a professional show found out he had no trainer in his corner.

Sheffield’s Jayce Lee Dixon had to ask his manager, Dave Coldwell, to step in at the last moment, at Doncaster Dome.

Andrew Facey and Jayce Dixon

Andrew Facey and Jayce Dixon

Up to that point, Dixon has been guided had two coaches - Dronfield’s Andy Marlow and former Sheffield pro Andrew Facey.

But Coldwell explained: “There was some sort of miscommunication and Andy did not arrive. I had only just arrived at the Dome for Jayce’s fight (against Hull super

welterweight Paul O’Brien) when I was asked to help out.

“Jayce was baffled at first with the situation and not best pleased. But I told him he had to go in there and get the job done. He is a level-headed kid and went out there and won on points.

Andy Marlow, boxing trainer, Dronfield S18 Akademy gym

Andy Marlow, boxing trainer, Dronfield S18 Akademy gym

“As for me, I had to fly to Texas last time I was a late substitute - so at least it wasn’t that far” said Coldwell, who 13 months ago coached Jamie McDonnell in

San Antonio, because long time trainer Dave Hulley failed to board the plane due to a morbid fear of flying.

Meanwhile, Marlow claims he was left sitting on the wall outside his house, waiting for a lift, having been told he would be picked up at a specific time.

“I put some good in hard graft into Jayce and feel bit sad and let down” he said.

“I won’t be working with either again. I get cold when done wrong to and find it easy to remove people from my life.”

Dixon is due to fight his third professional bout at the Metrodome, Barnsley, on July 8.

Coldwell said: “Jayce is no spring chicken (he is aged 33) and perhaps might not be a boxer for the purists.

“He has a lot to learn is very unorthodox and jumps in, but he is heavy-handed and will improve with a lot of hard work. And most importantly, he has also showed he has the right mentality to deal with a stressful situation.”

Meanwhile Coldwell was delighted by the stoppage win of his other fighter on the Doncaster show, Rotherham’s Lee Appleyard.

He stopped Croatian Antonio Horvatic.

“I was over the moon for Lee. He is a proper grafter. I think he can get to the English title level like (Barnsley’s) Andy Townend and then push on towards British and Commonwealth.”

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