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Issue:- 7 June  2012

Help For Heroes Boxing Event

Top row from left to right are:- PC Scott Owens, PCSO Jodie Unwin, PC Graeme Watson, PC Geoffe Kneale, DC Paul Smith, PC Craig Cushion and PCSO Daley Woods. Bottom row from left to right are:- PCSO Allan Marsh, PC Will Verdin, PC Craig Peel, DC Joe Sparks, DC Said Omar and Insp Andy Wignal.

A number of Merseyside Police officers are in training to take to the ring for a charity boxing event. The evening is a re-match to an earlier event last November in aid of Help for Heroes; a charity for wounded soldiers and their families. Round 2 against HM Prison Risley and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will take place on Saturday, 9 June 2012 at the Olympia, on West Derby Road, Liverpool. A total of 15 officers will be participating, led by their team captains DC Paul Smith and PC Craig Peel.

Paul Smith, a detective constable in Liverpool South, said:- "I used to be in the Army as did some of the other officers so we wanted to show our support and do something for a charity that we really believe in. Most of the team members have never boxed before and although we meet up every 2 weeks to train as a team, we have all been training individually up to five days a week to prepare for this event."

Tickets cost £15 and £5 from every ticket sale will go towards to Help the Heroes. Entry is free for serving military personnel and doors open at 4.30 pm.

Transport regiment return home

A Special homecoming parade will take place in Liverpool city centre on Saturday, 9 June 2012. The Soldiers from 156 (North West) Transport Regiment will mark their safe return from Afghanistan with a service and parade in Liverpool. Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, said:- "This parade will be the perfect opportunity to welcome home these brave men and women who risk their lives everyday to make our world a safer place to live. To see the regiment march through the city will be a magnificent sight and I want to encourage as many people as possible come into the city centre on Saturday to give these heroes a warm welcome home and the recognition they deserve." As a branch of the Territorial Army, the regiment is made up of volunteers, many of who have regular jobs to hold down and families to care and provide for. They are returning from a 6 month long tour of Afghanistan. A private service of thanksgiving will take place at Liverpool Parish Church Our Lady and St Nicholas which will be followed by a parade through the city centre and an inspection at Exchange Flags during which 30 personnel will be presented with Afghanistan medals by the Duke of Westminster in recognition of their hard work and support to our armed forces.

Hatton Pair Getting Heavy
Photographs by Steve Parkin - Hatton Promotions

Lucas Browne and Richard Towers during their camp together.

HATTON Promotions heavyweight hell raisers Lucas Browne and Richard Towers have been preparing for their big 'Road to Glory' contests by bashing each other! Australian champ 'Big Daddy' Browne and 6ft 8in Towers are in a training camp together at the famed Ingle gym in Sheffield. Towers who has won all 13 pro fights challenges for his first professional title on the 'Road to Glory' bill at Manchester Velodrome on Saturday, 16 June 2012, when he meets Frenchman Gregory Tony for the vacant EU heavyweight title. Perth's Browne who has won all 12 contests, 11 inside the distance expects another big hitting win when he faces tough Hastings Rasani on the big card.

Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton explained:- "Richard and Lucas have been sparring together up in Sheffield for over a week now. The feedback I'm getting is that both have loved the experience and feel they have both brought each other along. Finding sparring at heavyweight can sometimes prove difficult but this has been great for both as they are highly touted prospects so sparring of this quality doesn't come along often."

The unbeaten duo are closing in on some of Britain's big names like Tyson Fury and British and Commonwealth champion, David Price. Former 2 weight world champion Hatton added:- "We could most probably land them big fights right now, but it is about the right fight at the right time. When these lads do challenge for major titles, I expect them to win and reign for a fair amount of time. It says a lot about them that they are willing to help each other especially when they are both at similar stages in their careers."

The talent stacked card is Hatton Promotions biggest so far, and there will be even larger events later this year. 4 big fights feature on the bill, including Scott Quigg challenging Rendall Munroe for the vacant interim WBA super-bantamweight crown. Towers' fellow Sheffield boxer Ryan Rhodes meets Sergey Rabchenko for the vacant European light-middleweight championship. In a special attraction unbeaten British middleweight champion Martin Murray faces French title holder Karim Achour.  Other fights - Craig Watson v Tomasz Mazurciewicz, Adam Etches v S/O, Jazza Dickens v Amor Beladj Ali, Scott Jenkins v Kristian Laight, Adam Little v Dee Mitchell and Kallum De'Ath v Anwar Alfadi.

All VIP and ringside tickets have been sold. The remaining tickets are available priced at £55, £35 and £30, but are limited You can purchase tickets by calling Hatton Promotions hotline on:- 01925 755 222 or online at:-

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