Sporting Digest: Boxing

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The Independent Online
Herbie Hide yesterday suffered more frustration when his World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title defence, scheduled for Reading this Saturday, was postponed. Promoter Frank Warren has been unable to find a late replacement for America's Orlin Norris, who pulled out yesterday. But Warren's show goes ahead with local favourite Dean Francis defending his British and WBO Inter-continental super-middleweight titles against Sidcup's Mark Baker.

Cricket

Colin Metson, the former Glamorgan wicketkeeper who retired from first- class cricket at the end of last season, raised pounds 131,253 during his 1997 benefit year.

Warwickshire have offered contracts to Gavin Franklin, 20, an off-spinner who has played for Staffordshire, and Brendan O'Connell, 18, a slow left- armer from Surrey.

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