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It's been an uneasy few months in Luton. There've been 10 shootings already this year, and now armed police are patrolling two estates known for gang related violence.

Sitting between the Marsh Farm and Lewsey Farm estates is Hockwell Ring Boxing Club. Volunteers there are working to engage young people in the area - getting them off the streets, and channelling their energy into sport.

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Ex-boxer Hide denies fight fixing allegations

A former boxing world champion has been caught on camera apparently offering to fix a fight for money.

Herbie Hide, from Bawburgh near Norwich, is seen on video telling undercover reporters from The Sunday Sun he could rig a match for £1,000,000.

The paper claims he also put its staff in touch with a drug dealer who offered them cocaine.

Herbie Hide told ITV News Anglia reporter Malcolm Robertson he realised it was a sting and was just playing along with it.

Ex-boxer Herbie Hide denies match fixing

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide from Norfolk has denied fixing boxing matches Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former boxing world champion Herbie Hide has denied fixing boxing matches after allegations he told a national newspaper he was prepared to rig a fight.

The 41-year-old from Bawburgh near Norwich allegedly told undercover reporters from the Sun he would fix a boxing match for £1,000,000.

The paper claims he also put them in touch with a drug dealer who offered them cocaine. Norfolk Police have confirmed they are investigating. Mr Hide has since said he's never fixed a match, and was playing along with the undercover reporters.

Olympic boxer Ogogo turns professional

Great Britain's Anthony Ogogo from Lowestoft with his Men's Middle (75kg) bronze medal Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Olympic boxing bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo from Lowestoft has signed his first professional contract. Middleweight Ogogo was announced as the newest recruit by Golden Boy Promotions, and the Briton is poised for his first paid fights in the new year.

Ogogo insisted now is an ideal time to leave the amateur ranks, having experienced podium success at London 2012.

He said: "I can't wait to get started. 2012 has been without doubt one of the greatest years of my life.

"Following the Olympics I've been looking to the future and considering a number of options, and feel that the time is now right to turn professional with Golden Boy."

A date and venue for Ogogo's first fight has yet to be announced.

Definitely worth an #FF: Ogogo thanks fans on Twitter

Ogogo's Twitter feed

Anthony Ogogo has used Twitter to thank fans for all the support throughout the Olympics.

The Lowestoft boxer @AnthonyOgogo told his followers:

"I can't begin to describe how much the support has meant to me. I'm truly humbled. Each an everyone of one of you should be proud of yourselves."

The Olympic bronze medallist also said #Bronze-SorryItsNotAGold.

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Colchester soldiers win boxing title

Members of the 3 Para boxing team Credit: Ministry of Defence

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment have won the Army’s boxing title for the seventh time in ten years.

They defeated 22 Engineer Regiment 8-1 in the final of the Army Major Units Boxing Championship at Aldershot.

3 PARA has won the competition every time it has entered since 2003. The team was unable to compete in 2006, 2008 or 2011 because of operational commitments in Afghanistan.

Army boxers in military finals

The 3 Para boxing team Credit: MoD

A team of paratroopers from Essex have fought their way to the final of the Army Major Units Boxing Championship for the seventh time in ten years.

The boxers of Colchester-based 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment will fight for the title against 22 Engineer Regiment on 29 March in Aldershot.

The unit has won the competition every time it has entered since 2003

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