It could be an historic weekend for North East boxing, if Stuart Hall becomes only the second world champion from this region. He fights Vusi Malinga for the IBF bantamweight title in Leeds this weekend.
Our Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke spoke to the first North East world champion, Glenn McCrory, about Hall's chances.
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