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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.

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

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North East boxing trio make Commonwealth Games team

Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall (left) Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

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).

Hall v Butler press conference in pictures

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.

The press conference ahead of Hall v Butler Credit: ITV
Defending IBF Bantamweight world champion Stuart Hall Credit: ITV
Paul Butler (centre) is the challenger for Stuart Hall's IBF Bantamweight crown Credit: ITV
Legendary boxing promoter Frank Warren is backing Paul Butler Credit: ITV

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Boxer Frankie Gavin retains title despite knockdown

Boxer Frankie Gavin, from Birmingham, beat Sacky Shikukutu by a unanimous decision to retain his Commonwealth welterweight title, despite his first professional knockdown.

Frankie Gavin (left) recovered from his first professional knockdown to improve his record to 19-0 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The 28-year-old southpaw was floored by a left in the second round by the Namibian but beat the count and boxed cleverly thereafter to win on all three judges' scorecards.

The fight took place at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena last night, when Darlington boxer Stuart Hall also retained his IBF bantamweight world title.

Stuart Hall "gutted" to be robbed of world title fight

Boxer Stuart Hall said he was "gutted" that his IBF bantamweight world title fight was stopped in the second round because of an injury to his challenger Martin Ward.

Stuart Hall with the belt after his fight with Martin Ward was stopped prematurely Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

"I'm gutted how it's turned out, the crowd have been robbed of a great fight," he said.

Hall retained his world title, won last December, as the match was declared a technical draw. He had started well, but connected heads with Ward after leaning forward to land a right hand.

Stuart Hall retains world title after fight called off

Boxer Stuart Hall retains his IBF bantamweight title after his fight with Martin Ward in Newcastle last night ended in a technical draw.

The match was called off just after the start of the second round, because of an accidental clash of heads in the opening three minutes that had given Ward a nasty cut above his eye.

The fight between world champion Hall (right) and challenger Ward was declared a technical draw Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Hall, who is from Darlington, was making the first defence of the world crown he won in December last year.

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