Boxing: BBC back in ring for Bingham bout

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ENSLEY BINGHAM'S British light-middleweight title fight with Delroy Leslie next month will be televised by the BBC as boxing continues to make a comeback on terrestrial television.

The BBC, who lost their place in the sport's spotlight when Sportsnight ended four years ago, will cover the fight on 20 August for broadcast on Grandstand the following day.

The programme's editor, Carl Hicks, said: "This is a foot back in the water, rather than a toe. I want Grandstand to eventually regain its position in the boxing market."

Jess Harding, the promoter of the bill, has also secured BBC slots in October, February and May. The news of the Manchester fighter "Bingo" Bingham featuring on the BBC follows ITV's return to the sport with a deal to show fights involving the World Boxing Union light-welterweight champion, Shea Neary.