Glenn McCrory said he was prepared to die for the boxing world title, when he won it 25 years ago. He became the first man from the North East to win it, and Darlington's Stuart Hall could join him if he beats Vusi Malinga this weekend.
McCrory said Hall can do it, if he wants it enough.
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