Sporting Digest: Boxing

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ROBERT McCRACKEN, Birmingham's British light-middleweight champion, is to make an early return to the ring - despite the crowd trouble that erupted prior to his fight with Salford's Steve Foster at the National Exhibition Centre earlier this month. McCracken's manager, Mickey Duff, has told him to prepare for a fight in London in the second week of October against an as-yet unnamed American opponent.

PROFESSIONAL PROMOTION (York Hall, Bethnal Green): Six round welterweight: M McCreath (Lincoln) bt J Beard (Beckton) pts. Eight round welterweight: P Denton (Walthamstow) bt R Rowland (West Ham) rsf 5th. Six round lightweight: C Dunne (Holloway) bt S Howden (Sheffield) ko 1st. Eight round middleweight: G Jackson (Battersea) bt M Jolly (Chesterfield) ko 3rd. Six round super-middleweight: M Baker (Sidcup) bt A Baptiste (Luton) rsf 1st. Commonwealth bantamweight: J Armour (Chatham, holder) bt Shaun Anderson (Glasgow) rsf 11th. Six round light-middleweight: C O'Shea (Islington) bt T Meikle (Scunthorpe) rsf 1st.