Sedgefield boxer Bradley Saunders has the chance to move up a level when he challenges for the vacant WBO Intercontinental championship on June 7.
Victory over Ville Piispanen, of Finland, at the Metro Radio Arena will catapult the 28-year old Light-Welterweight fighter into the WBO’s top bracket.
Saunders is principal support as Darlington's Stuart Hall defends his IBF World Bantamweight title against Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler.
Police have named a driver who died in a car crash in Sedgefield on Thursday.
Scott Ineson, 26, from Milton Avenue in Hebburn, died when his Ford Zetec collided with another car on the westbound carriageway of the A689 at around 12:30pm.
The driver of the other car, a 64-year-old woman from Durham, remains in the James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries.
Sedgefield boxer Bradley Saunders is hoping to put on a good show in front of a home crowd tonight.
The light-welterweight fighter, 27, is competing against Hungary's Gyorgy Mizsei at Gateshead Leisure Centre this evening.
As Saunders now lives and trains in Spain, this will be his first competitive match in the North East since turning professional in February 2012.
The North East fell silent at 11 o'clock this morning to remember and honour our war dead. Remembrance Sunday was marked in communities large and small across the region.
Watch Frances Read's report:
North East veterans have gathered to pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting the Japanese during World War II.
They are holding a special memorial service in the centre of Sedgefield to mark the anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, or VJ Day.
It is an annual commemoration of the Japanese surrender that effectively ended the Second World War.
The surrender on 15th August 1945 came days after American forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Sedgefield Village Veterans have gathered to pay tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby, who was murdered in Woolwich last week.
They have marked the deaths of each serviceman and woman killed in Afghanistan.
This was the first time they have honoured a soldier who has died in this country.
Speaking after the ceremony, David Hillerby said Lee Rigby's death was another reminder of the ties that unite all members of the armed forces:
The murdered soldier Lee Rigby has been remembered by veterans in County Durham.
Lee Rigby was killed outside his barracks in Woolwich last week.
The Sedgefield Village Veterans have marked the deaths of each serviceman or woman who has died in recent overseas conflicts.
This is the first time they have bestowed the honour on a soldier killed in this country.
Races at Sedgefield racecourse in County Durham have been diverted to avoid fence six because of nesting ducks.
All chases on May 14th will omit the Roadside fence.
The sixth fence in all races will be omitted at Sedgefield in County Durham on May 14th because of nesting ducks.
The British Horseracing Authority listings state: 'Fence 6 (Roadside) will also be omitted in all Chases due to ducks nesting.'
Sedgefield Harrier Ean Parsons says he has had a lucky escape after completing the Boston Marathon just minutes before two bombs exploded at the finish line, killing two people and injuring many more.
53 year old Ean said, "There was a huge explosion and then 30 seconds later we heard a quieter one, but we were told it was actually bigger than the first. You think to yourself, 'Is it a gas explosion or is it a bomb?'
"As I was approaching the finish line, I remember thinking, 'I'll only be here once,' so I was taking in everything. I remember seeing all the people cheering on the grandstand.
"Then when I later watched the coverage on the television I saw the grandstand blown to bits. I can still remember the faces of the people who were sitting there just hours earlier."