Boxing: Ban shifts Delaney defence

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James Murray's tragic death after his recent British bantamweight title fight with Drew Docherty in Glasgow has led to boxing being banned at a sports centre in Potters Bar.

Hertsmere Council, owners of the Furzefield Centre, have called a halt at a venue where Mark Delaney was due to defend his WBO Inter-Continental super-middleweight title against the Welsh champion, Darron Griffiths, on 23 January.

Barry Hearn's Matchroom organisation staged three successful promotions at the venue this year, including two British title fights. The ban means that the fight and support bill has had to be switched to Bethnal Green.

A Hertsmere Council spokesman said: "Given recent boxing tragedies which have involved crowd unrest, particularly in Glasgow, we feel that Furzefield is not a suitable venue for boxing."

Joichiro Tatsuyoshi will challenge Daniel Zaragoza of Mexico for his World Council super-bantamweight title on 3 March in Yokohama, Japan.