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As the world mourns the death of sporting legend Mohammed Ali boxing fans in the North East have been remembering his remarkable and unlikely visit to Newcastle and South Shields in the 1970's.

The man dubbed simply "the greatest" amazed locals as he flew in to spar with boys at local boxing clubs and even had his marriage blessed here.

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Professional boxing to return to Newcastle

Steve Wraith with Jeff Saunders Credit: Single Vert Photography 2016

Professional boxing will return to Newcastle later this year.

Tyneside promoter-manager, Steve Wraith will bring the sport back to St. James' Park.

The initial holding of three-four shows in the Bamburgh Suite at the football stadium will begin later this year. The first official event will be ‘An Evening with Riddick Bowe’ on April 9th.

I’m a lifelong Newcastle fan myself so to be able to match the two (boxing and Newcastle United) is perfect for me.

– Tyneside promoter-manager, Steve Wraith

Sunderland boxer Baister turns professional

England's Warren Baister (blue) in action against Canada's Samir El-Mais in the Men's Heavy (91kg) Quarter-final 1 at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Sunderland boxer Warren Baister has turned professional.

The 29-year-old, who competed for Team England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, has signed a contract with Macklin Gym Marbella (MGM) in Spain.

Baister, who was British champion and two-time ABA Heavyweight champion, confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

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