Sporting Digest: Boxing

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Herbie Hide has withdrawn from his World Boxing Organisation world heavyweight title defence against Orlin Norris in Newcastle on Saturday, because he is suffering from a skin allergy. It is the second time the fight has fallen through, with Norris pulling out of scheduled bouts last year due to knee injuries.

Michael Brodie will fight the Frenchman Salim Medjkoune in the first defence of his European super-bantamweight title in his home city of Manchester on 13 March. Also on the bill, Crawford Ashley from Leeds defends his three light-heavyweight titles against Clinton Woods of Sheffield, and the Belfast flyweight Damaen Kelly defends his Commonwealth crown - and fights for the vacant British belt - against Anthony Hanna of Birmingham.

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