Warren puts security at the forefront

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The promoter Frank Warren has increased security at York Hall, Bethnal Green for tonight's challenge by London's Paul Ryan for the British and Commonwealth light-welterweight championships of Bristol's Ross Hale.

The move follows a board inquiry into the riot in Glasgow in October and their recommendation that uniformed police should be present whenever it is considered necessary.

Hale is renowned for his ferocious starts. Ryan is best known for his strength, but has been working hard on his speed and co-ordination too.

Although Ryan is unbeaten and has nine stoppages to his credit, Hale is confident he can remain No1 in the World Organisation rankings ahead of Ryan, the No 2: "I can't see this one going the distance," he said. "There is a lot at stake for both of us, and it's going to be explosive. It's been frustrating waiting for a world title chance. Three times it's fallen through. I've just got to keep on winning and my chance will come."

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