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Anthony Crolla proud to return to Manchester Arena for boxing showdown with Ricky Burns

Anthony Crolla turned down opportunities to fight in Las Vegas and Monaco in favour of a return to Manchester Arena.

Crolla will meet Scotland's Ricky Burns in a lightweight contest on October 7th as he attempts to secure another world title shot.

He told Granada Reports it was important to return to the arena for one of the venue's first events since May's terrorist attack.

Tyson hopes the Furys can dominate boxing's heavyweight division

Tyson Fury has backed his cousin Hughie to follow in his footsteps and win the world heavyweight title.

Hughie will fight for the WBO heavyweight crown against defending champion Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena on September 23rd.

He had been scheduled to challenge the New Zealander in Auckland on May 6th until injury forced his withdrawal a fortnight before.


Manchester boxer Stacey Copeland all set for professional debut

Manchester boxer Stacey Copeland admits she is both nervous and excited as she prepares to make her professional debut on Friday night.

Stacey, who previously played football for Manchester City and England, is the latest British fighter to switch to the professional ranks.

She tops the bill at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Trafford Park, against Bulgaria's Borislava Goranova.

Mike Hall has been to see her in training.

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Boxing legend Freddie Roach stuns customers by stopping off for a chippy tea in Bury

Boxing legend Freddie Roach stunned staff and customers when he dropped in at the Bury chippy run by the grandmother of Scott Quigg.

The Hall of Fame trainer was treated to fish, chips and mushy peas at Brandlesholme Chippy where he was served by Scott's gran, Sheila.

The American has been staying in Bury in the build-up to Quigg's fight with Romania's Viorel Simion at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

He has been training Quigg for the last 10 weeks at his famous Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.

Sadly for Scott, he was sent home to rest. His chippy tea must wait until after Saturday's showdown.

ITV Granada's Mike Hall caught up with Freddie and coach Gavin MacMillan over their fish supper.

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