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Boxing gym in York

As boxers they spent twelve rounds knocking the living daylights out of each other for a world title. But York's European Champion Henry Wharton and boxing legend Nigel Benn were actually firm friends.

The two super middleweights have remained in contact ever since their dramatic bout 18 years ago. And Benn paid a special visit to York as his old foe prepared to open a new boxing gym. Paul Burland reports.


Arrests after former boxer Wharton attacked

Henry Wharton Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Two more people have been arrested following an attack that left former boxing middleweight champion Henry Wharton with serious back, head and ankle injuries. A 26-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man, both from York, have been arrested in the Blackpool area.

They remain in police custody for questioning. Mr Wharton was struck by a car after he reportedly tried to intervene in a pre-arranged bare knuckle fight between members of the travelling community in York. A 35-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards and released on bail pending inquiries

Officers have urged witnesses to come forward to help with enquires. Former world title challenger Wharton, 44, is still in a serious condition in hospital, receiving treatment for several broken vertebrae and a shattered ankle.