Former two-weight world champion Chris Eubank is due to visit Carlisle this September.

Eubank Snr, the father of current boxer Chris Eubank Jnr, will be at the Shepherd’s Inn on September 13. He will be joined by comedians Lester Crabtree and John Stiles, the son of World Cup-winning footballer Nobby.

The event has been organised by Ian Milburn, of IM Events, who says ticket sales are already going well.

“Over half the tickets have been reserved by people that have come to dos that I have put on before," said Milburn.

"The same management that look after him also look after Tyson Fury, as well [who did a similar evening in Carlisle last September]. They say they have probably done eight or nine with Chris over the last six months or so, and the stories he comes out with are absolutely brilliant.

"He is one of the top speakers that they have worked with. He is just very entertaining and very accommodating."

On the day, Milburn hopes the 52-year-old, who reigned as WBO champion as a middleweight and super-middleweight, will speak to some young boxers from the area, although details are yet to be confirmed.

Milburn said: "He is from my era, with me being a boxing fan.

"There was the likes of him, [Nigel] Benn, [Michael] Watson and Steve Collins. It was an amazing time when they all fought each other."

Eubank also appeared in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2015 and Milburn added: “I want to try and do that [attract fans outside sport], not just be stuck on the sports side all the time.

“That’s maybe the extra draw, the fact he’s been on I’m A Celebrity. He sometimes polarises opinion, you either love or hate him, but I don’t think you can fail to be entertained by him.”

Meanwhile, explaining his links with Stiles - who followed in his father’s footsteps and played football for Shamrock Rovers, Vancouver Whitecaps, Leeds, Doncaster and Gainsborough Trinity before joining the comedy circuit - Milburn said: “I worked with John in Morecambe in April with Ron Atkinson.

“He’s absolutely brilliant and, obviously, he tells a couple of stories about his dad.”

For tickets, ring Milburn on 07940 532982.