• Jeffries brands Fury claims “ridiculous” and insists Boxing is a clean sport

    Jeffries brands Fury claims “ridiculous” and insists Boxing is a clean sport

    November 25, 2015 at 9:00 am

    North East promotor Phil Jeffries has rejected Tyson Fury’s comments about a doping problem within boxing. Local boxing promoter Jeffries said: “I disagree completely. It’s total rubbish.” Ahead of his World title fight against Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on Saturday, Tyson Fury had said: “Boxing has got a big problem […]

  • Tommy Ward, left, was impressive in his win over Reynaldo Cajina.

    Durham boxer has eyes on British title following bittersweet night for Ward brothers

    November 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Neil Fannan and Dave Gardside boxer Tommy Ward has backed his brother Martin to bounce back from Friday night’s super-bantamweight defeat to Jazza Dickens, claiming that ‘he’s ready to fight anybody’. The County Durham siblings were both in action at the Rainton Meadows Area, with Tommy entertaining Spaniard Reynaldo Cajina […]

  • Warren Baister (right) knocks down Attila Gyen during their Cruiserweight Contest at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

    Local boxers to take centre stage at Rainton Meadows

    November 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    As Rainton Meadows gets set to host a range of local boxing talent tonight, Sean Temple looks at the record of four North East fighters set to take to the ring. Phil Jeffries’ Fighting Against Adversity takes place tonight, headlined by James “Jazza” Dickens British super bantamweight title defence against […]

  • Stuart Hall (left) and Martin Ward in their IBF Bantamweight Title fight at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. Picture credit: Owen Humphreys / PA Archive/PA Images

    Martin Ward vs James Dickens – The facts

    November 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    On Friday, well-known boxing promoter Phil Jeffries puts on his final show of the year at the Rainton Meadows arena as West Rainton’s Martin ward takes on British super bantamweight champion James ‘Jazza’ Dickens. Ward will be challenging for the super bantamweight title and you can expect this fight to […]

  • Sunderland’s King confident ahead of latest fight

    Sunderland’s King confident ahead of latest fight

    November 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Sunderland boxer Jordan King is confident that he will beat Jason Ball when the two middleweights clash at Rainton Meadows Arena on Friday November 20. King, 23, believes he will be too fast for his experienced opponent which will see him victorious on the Fighting Against Adversity bill on Friday […]

  • Martin Ward ready to claim British super bantamweight title

    Martin Ward ready to claim British super bantamweight title

    November 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Martin Ward declared he was ready to “rock n’ roll” and win the British super bantamweight title when he steps into the ring against current champion James ‘Jazza’ Dickens. Ward, from West Rainton, takes on Liverpool’s Dickens at the Rainton Meadows Arena on November 20, and the southpaw boxer believes […]

  • Sunderland boxer Josh Kelly, in red, reached the last 16 in Rio. Aziz Karimov / Demotix / Demotix/Press Association Images.

    Team GB boxer feels opportunities are limited for north east fighters

    November 10, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Team GB boxer and European Games bronze medallist Josh Kelly has claimed that geographical differences may create barriers when attempting to attract international recognition. The 21-year-old Houghton native, who was last week placed inside the world rankings top ten, has claimed northern boxers find opportunities limited with urban-based fighters so […]

  • Sporting Chance Clinic is the brainchild of former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams after he was inspired by his own recovery from alcoholism. Picture credit: Mike Egerton/Unique

    Depression in sport: What are sports governing bodies doing?

    August 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Having examined the issue of depression across multiple sports, Sam Lightle’s concluding piece in his investigative series questions the position of the respective sports governing bodies responsible for safeguarding their players. Exposing depression has always been a key to providing sufferers with a way out of the darkness, and it […]

  • England's Warren Baister (red) with a cut eye during his fight against Northern Ireland's Steven Ward at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

    Two time ABA champion Warren Baister turns professional

    June 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    The north east boxing scene has been dealt a huge boost, with two time ABA champion, Warren Baister, deciding the time is right to turn over to the professional ranks. The 29-year old from Sunderland has ditched plans to fight at the 2016 Olympics, and will instead team up with […]

  • Jeff Saunders is looking to follow in the successful footsteps of elder brother Bradley

    Saunders not ‘wasting time’ in pursuit of big time

    May 5, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Jeff Saunders (1-0, 1 KO) showed that is not in the professional ranks to waste time as he blasted out Ivailo Boyanov (0-0-1) in the first round at the Lancastarian Suite, Dunston. The Sedgefield boxer’s stock is rapidly rising, as he marked his professional debut last month with an explosive […]