Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crack Cubans Set to Punch In

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crack Cubans Set to Punch In

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Byline: By John Gibson

The Cubans are coming to town! Glenn McCrory has pulled off another Havana scoop by clinching a deal for a crack Cuban boxing team to visit Tyneside.

They will fly into London on June 1 and head up to Newcastle to fight an England Select on June 4.

A tribute dinner will be held in Newcastle the following night for Teofilo Stevenson (right), the legendary three-time Olympic heavyweight champion, and Moscow gold medallist Jose Gomez will also be honoured.

The Cubans will then fly on to Ireland where McCrory has arranged a second fight night.

"It is absolutely fabulous news," said Glenn, who used his contacts forged on three visits to Havana and his dealings to get two Cuban coaches to his Newcastle gym for a year.

"A lot of work has gone into the visit and there is still a lot to do, but they have now formally agreed to the trip. A party of 14 will be coming over.

"I have not as yet decided on the venue for the boxing night ( three are under consideration ( but the black-tie dinner will be in Newcastle. …

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