Har­ri­son in fight for ring re­turn

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BY LIAM BRYCE FOR­MER ring king Scott Har­ri­son has threat­ened le­gal ac­tion against the Bri­tish Board of Box­ing Con­trol af­ter claim­ing they have re­fused him a li­cence to fight.

The two-time WBO feather­weight cham­pion wants to re­turn to the ring aged 41 af­ter serv­ing time in prison for as­sault.

In a sting­ing attack on so­cial me­dia, Har­ri­son branded the board “cor­rupt” and “hyp­ocrites” over al­leged bro­ken prom­ises and vowed: “I’m tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against them.”

The Cam­bus­lang fighter in­sists he was told he would be granted per­mis­sion to box fol­low­ing his re­lease.

Har­ri­son served three years of a four-year sen­tence af­ter be­ing found guilty of as­sault in a Span­ish night­club in 2012.

Har­ri­son said: “It’s done now so they should be giv­ing me my li­cence back. I think it’s bang out of or­der.

“The board are hyp­ocrites, they’re cor­rupt. It’s all right for one fighter to get his li­cence back and an­other won’t.

“It seems to be a dif­fer­ent case with Scott Har­ri­son.

“I’d like to thank all the peo­ple that have tweeted mes­sages of sup­port.”

“I will be back but it looks like I’m go­ing to have to fight in a for­eign coun­try.

“I’ll see you all soon.” LOVE Dar­ren and Kate on hon­ey­moon


DAR­REN Don­aghey was al­ready count­ing his bless­ings af­ter set­tling down and start­ing a fam­ily with his stun­ning bride Kate.

But the “punch­ing above your weight” champ now feels like one of the luck­i­est men in the world af­ter win­ning £1mil­lion on a lottery scratch­card.

Dar­ren, 33, and Kate, 28, hit head­lines four years ago when they won a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion’s com­pe­ti­tion to find the most mis­matched cou­ple on looks.

They say the lotto prize money will now trans­form their lives.

Asked if “some guys have all the luck”, Dar­ren joked: “It cer­tainly looks like it. I must just be one of those lucky fel­las.”

The call cen­tre worker will give up his £14,000-a-year job to vol­un­teer for char­i­ties and help Kate care for their autis­tic son and daugh­ter, aged six and three.

Speak­ing in their home­town of New­cas­tle upon Tyne yes­ter­day, the cou­ple said they “could not be­lieve it” BY JEREMY ARM­STRONG when they re­alised they had won on a £5 Mo­nop­oly Clas­sic card.

Dar­ren said: “This money will just to­tally change our lives and the lives of our chil­dren too. We are cur­rently in a two-bed­room house and des­per­ately need more room for the chil­dren.

“Now all of our dreams have come FAM­ILY Cou­ple with son in 2014 true with this win. We can move to a new home. And we can even cre­ate a sen­sory room for our daugh­ter and son.”

They will also help their rel­a­tives and some de­serv­ing lo­cal causes which sup­ported them and their chil­dren.

Kate said they had re­ceived var­i­ous sug­ges­tions on how to spend the money since the win on Tues­day. But she added: “We have al­ready booked a hol­i­day in Mex­ico and it will give us the chance to think ev­ery­thing through.”

Dar­ren said he bought the scratch­card on a whim. De­scrib­ing the mo­ment he won, he said: “I couldn’t ac­tu­ally be­lieve it. I lit­er­ally had £1mil­lion in my hand. I just screamed but I also felt numb.

“I don’t think ei­ther us be­lieved it un­til we called Camelot and they con­firmed we re­ally were now mil­lion­aires.”

The pair are no strangers to the lime­light, af­ter en­ter­ing a ra­dio sta­tion’s Punch­ing Above Your Weight con­test in 2014. It paid for their hon­ey­moon in Rhodes af­ter they mar­ried that year.

Dar­ren said over the years he had got used to com­ments about his ap­pear­ance in com­par­i­son to Kate’s. He said: “Even when we are out shop­ping at Asda I get th­ese funny looks from blokes and I know what they are think­ing.”

Full-time mum Kate added: “Peo­ple say love is blind and I guess I must be a prime ex­am­ple to that but he will al­ways be my Prince Charm­ing.”

THREAT Scott Har­ri­son

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