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Birtley boxers heading to World Championships

Three North East boxers are heading to Germany where they will make history when they step into the ring at the World Championships on Friday.

Twins Pat and Luke McCormack and their team mate Callum French are the first trio from the same club to qualify for the tournament, having started out at Birtley Boxing Club.

Chris Conway reports:


Hartlepool's Olympian boxer Savannah Marshall says she'll carry on fighting after Olympics

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Hartlepool's Olympian boxer Savannah Marshall says she'll carry on fighting after she went out in the quarter final to second seed Nouchka Fontijn from the Netherlands.

The 25-year-old middleweight lost 2:0 to her rival, just missing out on a bronze medal.

Savannah said she thought the scores might be closer:

“I thought it was close. I thought I’d won the second round and the last round but when I looked at the scores in the end it wasn’t even close.

“I didn’t win a round. I didn’t even get a vote in the third. She’s a brilliant fighter so she deserves the medal. What can I say, I haven’t got one; I’ll probably carry on after this though.”

– Savannah Marshall

WATCH: Muhammed Ali's unlikely visit to the North East

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.

Helen Pearson has the story.


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
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