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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.

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


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

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.

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