It could be an historic weekend for North East boxing, if Stuart Hall becomes only the second world champion from this region. He fights Vusi Malinga for the IBF bantamweight title in Leeds this weekend.
Our Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke spoke to the first North East world champion, Glenn McCrory, about Hall's chances.
Darlington's Stuart Hall said there will be sparks flying in the ring when he takes on Vusi Malinga for the IBF bantamweight world title this weekend. He said both men "like to come forward" and he was looking forward to a tear-up.
Glenn McCrory said he was prepared to die for the boxing world title, when he won it 25 years ago. He became the first man from the North East to win it, and Darlington's Stuart Hall could join him if he beats Vusi Malinga this weekend.
McCrory said Hall can do it, if he wants it enough.