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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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South Shields boxer 'more than ready' for Geordie Roar

A North East Boxer has the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend. Anthony Nelson from South Shields will find himself fighting Jamie Wilson for the Commonwealth Superflyweight title at the Newcastle Arena on Saturday.

Nelson wasn't scheduled to be fighting, but he gets his chance because of an injury to another North East Boxing hopeful. Bradley Saunders had to pull out through injury and the promoter, Eddie Hearn, needed another title fight at short notice.

Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua MBE is top of the high-profile "Geordie Roar" bill.

Amir Khan joins Prince Charles in Sunderland

Amir Khan at a community centre in Sunderland today Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Boxer Amir Khan is in Sunderland today to join Prince Charles seeing graduates take part in a 'Dragon's Den' style funding pitch.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will also visit Nissan's Sunderland plant with the Mayor of Sunderland to learn about the production of electric cars at the plant.

World champion Glenn McCrory says bad eyesight means he should never have been boxing

County Durham boxing champion Glenn McCrory says he should never have had a career in the sport because of serious problems with his eyesight.

The athlete, who became the North East's first boxing world champion in 1989, recently had eye surgery. He says he hid his poor eyesight because he was worried it would have a negative impact on his career. He was speaking at the opening of an eye clinic in Newcastle.

In his prime: Glenn McCrory boxing in 1985, four years before he became a world champion. Credit: PA
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