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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Whitehaven boxing event date changed

Whitehaven Amateur Boxing Club have brought forward their biggest-ever show by 24 hours – and drafted in new faces to ensure it is still a knockout success.

The club had planned to kick off the Hensingham Rocks music festival on Friday, May 4 with a 500-capacity show under canvas.

But coach Tim Savage said it clashed with another boxing show and had been brought forward to the Thursday.

And to ensure it is a triumph, top British lightweight John Murray and cast members from the TV hit Shameless will be on hand to mix with punters.

“We couldn’t get a permit from the ABA for the original date due to a clash with a neighbouring show, but Andrew Sloan, of Hensingham Rocks, has been great with us,” Savage said.

“He’s got John Murray and people from Shameless to come along.

“John Murray once had the longest unbeaten record in British boxing and will be available for autographs on the night. He will be a bit of a draw, especially with the younger ones.”

Murray won the vacant European lightweight title in 2010 and last December was stopped in the 11th round by Brandon Rios in a world title fight, in New York.

A Scottish Select side will take part in the Hensingham event, on the club’s rugby pitch, and Whitehaven boxers Jordan Pollock, Joe Graham, Matthew Humphries and Dean Laughlin will be on the bill.

Jacob Carton has a return against Scottish champ Paul Greenhorn, who beat him on a split decision in November, and Ethan Scowcroft faces a decider against the Isle of Man’s Danny Roberts.

Tickets still cost £10.

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