Unsung Hero - Joe Pennington

Each Friday we pay homage to a boxing ‘unsung hero’. The lifeblood of the sport - the men and women who have contributed so much and asked for so little, who have saved lives and transformed futures.

This week we turn our attention to Joe Pennington, head coach at Northside ABC in Manchester. The club is one of the busiest and most prolific boxing gyms in the north west, churning out dozens of national amateur champions and top professionals, all under Joe's watchful eye.

Nominating Joe, Maverick Stars ambassador Anthony Crolla said: "Northside is a fantastic gym that's creating so many talented fighters. Joe goes under the radar a bit, but his work is well know within boxing. He's typical of coaches that put in so much of their time to helps kids develop not just as boxers, but as people. He's made his mark on hundreds of people in Manchester and beyond.

"He's also a very familiar face on the pro scene - he's in the corner for all kinds of fighters, not just prospects. He's on the road all the time, often looking after journeymen, helping them make a good living. He's a great man."

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Unsung Hero – Joe Pennington