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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.

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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.

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

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).

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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

Hall to stage boxing title defence in Newcastle

Paul Butler (left) and Stuart Hall (right) go head-to-head in Newcastle on June 7 Credit: ITV

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.

Hall "more than ready" for world title defence

Darlington boxer Stuart Hall says he will be "more than ready" for his IBF Bantamweight world title clash with Paul Butler this summer.

The defending champion, 33, will go head-to-head with Butler, 25, at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on June 7. The pair attended a heated press conference in Gateshead today ahead of the big fight.

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.

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