Glenn McCrory, has his eyes tested at the new Optical Express in Eldon Square, with optometrist Darren Pabari

Glenn McCrory: I should never have been allowed to box but I cheated the eye test

Glenn McCrory was a world champion boxer – but his vision was so appalling he wasn't fit to drive, let alone to fight. He talks to Stuart Rayner about how he cheated on his eye tests to pursue the dream that took him to the very top

Bradley Saunders celebrates winning his fight against Ville Piispenen

KO king Bradley Saunders in no mood to be wasting time after maiden title

Newly-crowned WBO Inter-Continental light welterweight champion Bradley Saunders is keen to build on his maiden title

The title fight between Stuart Hall and Paul Butler at the Newcastle Arena

Stuart Hall's lack of killer instinct cost him his world champion status

On the night Jon-Lewis Dickinson lost his British cruiserweight title, a lack of ruthlessness cost Stuey Hall world champion status

Boxer Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall won't change his ways as he looks to retain IBF World Title

Darlington fighter Stuart Hall is old fashioned and uncomplicated - which is why he's so under-rated

Stuart Hall

Lee Haskins camp expecting victory will bring Stuey Hall match-up

Lee Haskins fights Sergio Perales in Newcastle to take on the winner of the top-of-the-bill fight - and his camp expect that to be Stuey Hall

Travis Dickinson of England lands a blow on Justin Jones of England

Travis Dickinson looking to take a step towards boxing's main stage

Birtley's Travis Dickinson is back in action on Saturday to defend his English title he won last month

Stuart Hall

Boxing champion Stuart Hall ready for brash title challenger Paul Butler

Darlington champion Stuart Hall is preparing to defend his title against Ellesmere Port prospect Paul Butler

Stuart Hall vs Martin Ward

First all-North East world title bout enhances reputations but only outside the ring

It was dubbed as the Clash of the Clans, but a clash of heads left both fighters with a hollow feeling at Newcastle Arena

Martin Ward

Boxing's respect means the world to North East duo Stuey Hall and Martin Ward

Stuey Hall's IBF world bantamweight belt will be on the line at Newcastle Arena tonight but the biggest prize Martin Ward can win is a bit of respect

Kirk Goodings (right) defends his title against Gary Fox tonight

Kirk Goodings is out to make a name for himself

Kirk Goodings once watched Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton at Newcastle Arena, now he wants to make his own name there against "scared" Gary Fox

Birtley Boxers, From left, Jon-Lewis Dickinson, British Cruiserweight Champion, Craig Dixon, Travis Dickinson at the Hilton

Jon-Lewis Dickinson sets his sights on family hat-trick

If Jon-Lewis Dickinson can finally keep the prize that has been his for nearly two years, it will cap a family hat-trick

Boxer Bradley Saunders, who is fighting at Gateshead Leisure Centre

Light-welterweight Bradley Saunders wants to do more than just 'exist'

Unbeaten light-welterweight Bradley Saunders is keen to move his career on, but is being frustrated by rivals he thinks are "running scared"

Jon-Lewis Dickinson

Birtley boxing club's Jon-Lewis Dickinson inspired to conquer world

Watching Martin Ward and Stuey Hall fight for a world title on Saturday will encourage Jon-Lewis Dickinson that he could be next

Sonny Liston looses his Heavyweight title to Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)

Muhammad Ali backs North East boxer's mobile phone app

A Northumberland-born boxing trainer has won the approval of sporting legend Muhammad Ali

Kirk Goodings (right) in action against Paul Truscott

Kirk Goodings v Gary Fox lightweight title fight is postponed

Kirk Goodings will defend his English lightweight title against Gary Fox in Newcastle later this month after their original bout had to be delayed

English Lightweight Champion Kirk Gooding an opponent Gary Fox

Promoter's slip adds extra spice to Kirk Goodings v Gary Fox

As if it needed it, a little mistake from rival promoter Dennis Hobson has added extra spice to Kirk Goodings' English title derby with Gary Fox

Stuart Hall (left), World IBF Bantamweight champion and challenger Martin Ward

World title fight is too close to call Martin Ward warns Stuey Hall

Challenger Martin Ward thinks his all-North East world title fight with Stuey Hall is too close to call

Stuart Hall in action against South African Vusi Malinga

Boxers Stuey Hall and Martin Ward become rivals for a night

Stuey Hall and Martin Ward know just what each other are capable of, which is why the latter tells Stuart Rayner theirs could be the fight of 2014

Jon-Lewis Dickinson

Jon-Lewis Dickinson hoping to have two boxing dreams granted at once

Jon-Lewis Dickinson will achieve one dream by fighting Neil Dawson, and another if he wins to claim the Lonsdale cruiserweight belt outright

Wearside boxer Thomas Essomba

Thomas Essomba: A fighter God sent to Sunderland

In downtown Sunderland, a story of sporting salvation is playing out. Chief sports writer Mark Douglas talked to Wearside boxer Thomas Essomba


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
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Business Editor
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Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer