Sporting Digest: Boxing

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THE Amateur Boxing International Association is to allow women to compete in the sport. Anwar Chowdry, the ABIA president, did not say when the decision would take effect.

THE British Board of Control has deferred a decision on the question of Herbie Hide's nationality until after his World Boxing Council International Championship defence against Jimmy Thunder on 11 January in Bethnal Green. The board will seek answers from the Home Office on 'specific questions' concerning the Nigerian-born, British heavyweight champion's eligibility.