Promising pro boxer hooks up with Rotherham's Dave Coldwell to further career

NEW TEAM: Dan Toward with trainer Dave ColdwellNEW TEAM: Dan Toward with trainer Dave Coldwell
NEW TEAM: Dan Toward with trainer Dave Coldwell
​AN up-and-coming boxer with a strong amateur pedigree has hooked up with top trainer Dave Coldwell to help him rise up the professional ranks.

​Dan Toward has moved down to Coldwell’s Rotherham stable from Tyneside because he says it is the best way for him to become “the champion professional I can be”.

The 22-year-old from Gateshead won 74 of his 82 amateur fights and has a third pro bout coming up on March 1, with five planned for 2024.

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He said: “I took up boxing aged eight and spent 14 years at Birtley Boxing Club under Graeme Rutherford. He made me the boxer I’ve become. I won multiple titles including twice being a gold medallist in the GB Three Nations competition. I boxed for England at the European Youth Games and as a member of Team GB.

‘However, I felt I needed to be able to dedicate myself to boxing 110 per cent and to leave potential distractions in the north-east.”

Toward won his pro debut with a second-round stoppage and went six rounds in his second match.

He added: "Dave Coldwell is a proven trainer with a great track record of training top level fighters, including world champions. He is the man to help me achieve my aim to be a world champion. I look forward to what the future holds.”

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Toward has signed with Wasserman Boxing and his forthcoming bout will be broadcast on Channel 5.

Coldwell said: “I'm delighted to welcome Dan. He has the makings of a champion. He’s a boxer with strong potential and boundless ambition who is totally dedicated to the sport.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​