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.
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.
Hartlepool boxing champion Savannah Marshall has received a special accolade from her home town – a full-size sculpture of herself.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
Darlington Boxer Stuart Hall believes his best is yet to come.Read the full story ›
Three North East boxers have been called-up to represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall, 23, has been selected for the Women's middleweight (75kg) division. Sunderland's Warren Baister, 28, has made the Men's heavyweight (91kg) category, while Birtley fighter Pat McCormack, 18, will box at light-welterweight (64kg).
Gateshead boxer Robert Craig Dixon is aiming to win a Masters title in Gateshead next month.
The 27-year-old welterweight fighter faces Welsh boxer Tony Dixon at Gateshead Leisure Centre on May 17.
A press conference was held in Gateshead today ahead of Stuart Hall's IBF Bantamweight world title defence against Paul Butler.
The bout is taking place at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on June 7.
Darlington boxer Stuart Hall is preparing for his latest IBF Bantamweight World title defence against Paul Butler.
The pair, who held a press conference in Gateshead today, will go head-to-head at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on June 7.