Shropshire Star

The gym where men learn to talk about their problems as well as to box

A Telford boxer has started a men's group at a boxing gym to not only teach people how to box but also to offer a place where men can talk about their problems.

Ryan Whitehead, front left, and the Talking Men Telford group at Slammers

Ryan 'The Rhino' Whitehead, 29, says he started 'Talking Men Telford' at Slammers Boxing Gym in Cockshutt lane, Broseley, after attending a support group for men in Wolverhampton.

The super middleweight fighter said: "As a professional boxer, people look at people like myself and think that we are all hard as nails and that we don't show our emotions. But I have had a lot of mental health trouble myself, and there has been times I've not been feeling great.

"So I started to go to a group in Wolverhampton called Mandem Meet Up, where a bunch of lads started meeting up and going for walks and holding talking circles.

Ryan Whitehead, right with punch pad, and the Talking Men Telford group at Slammers
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