Last weekend we were all very privileged to meet former WBC Super Middleweight Champion of the World Glenn Catley. He provided us with a brilliant talk of how he got into boxing and how he managed to achieve his dreams of becoming British and World Champion. Our course tutor David Newton was very instrumental in helping Glenn with this via the use of Hypnotherapy
His professional boxing career began on May 27th 1993 when he beat Rick North on a unanimous decision in his home town of Bristol.
Within his first year, Catley had notched up 7 straight wins and was given the opportunity in November 1994 to compete against an iconic British Boxing Legend - Kirkland Laing. Glenn stopped Laing within 5 rounds which elevated him up through the British Rankings and a step closer to his first goal within the paid ranks of becoming a British Champion.
The next three years would see him develop as a recognisable charismatic figure on the British Boxing scene and on January 10th 1998 Catley had positioned himself as the Mandatory Challenger to face long standing British Middleweight Champion Neville Brown.
After eight compelling rounds, Brown failed to come out for the 9th round and Glenn was declared the winner and British Middleweight Champion. The explosive fight was noted as being one of the best British Championship fights ever to be screened on Sky Sports.
In the same year, Glenn was unexpectedly given the opportunity to contest for the WBC Super Middleweight World Championship with only 11 days’ notice against fellow Brit Richie Woodhall. Glenn lost to a 12 round controversial decision, which was noted from media and boxing critics alike as being a complete travesty of justice for British Boxing.
This controversial loss enabled Glenn to gain in defeat and positioned him to fight Eric Lucas for the WBC Super Middleweight Final Eliminator. The fight took place in Montreal on December 10th 1999, where Glenn stopped Lucas in the 12th and final round to secure his position as the WBC Super Middleweight Mandatory Challenger and challenger to new Champion Marcus Bayer.
Catley’s second opportunity for World title success came on May 5th 2000. He left nothing to chance and relieved the judges from determining their decision as Glenn knocked out Bayer in the 12th and final round to become the WBC Super Middleweight Champion of the World.
Since retiring from the ring, Glenn is a regular co-commentator on Eurosport, commentating on Boxing Contest’s throughout Europe where he shares his insight Knowledge and experience on Championship fights throughout Europe.
Glenn accredits a lot of his success in the ring down to Clinical Hypnotherapy, which he used and underwent throughout his professional career, which is why and now, since hanging up his gloves, he has subsequently studied, trained and qualified as a clinical Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist DHP,HPD,MNCH,AFSFH Lic.
There is much more to this story and it would be best to hear it from the man himself. He has his own, unique way of telling it and it's an emotional roller coaster of a story. He is also a really lovely guy to meet. Everyone of us on the course enjoyed his visit. Personally I am really looking forward to learning more on how to assist athletes achieve their dreams and goals.
If you are interested in finding out more about Glenn Catley and the services he offers please visit his website by clicking here.
For all of you who were unable to purchase a copy of last weeks Shepton Mallet Journal here is the article that was in the Health Matters section. My big thanks to Anna Garside for asking the questions.
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