March 26 - Former world boxing champion Glenn McCrory (pictured) has predicted that Newcastle will be dancing to a latin beat in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.
Having already claimed to have secured the Cuban boxing team to train at his gym, the International School of Boxing in Newbiggin Hall, before 2012, McCrory is now hopeful of securing two more South American countries to finalise their prepations there.
McCrory said: “I’ve already got Mexico, Colombia, Cuba interested in coming to the North East for the 2012 Olympic Games so as far as boxing’s concerned it’s going to be a very much Latin American feel.
"Already we’re getting great inroads with those countries.
"The Cubans are part of Newcastle, Cuba only deals with Newcastle."
McCrory recruited Cuban coaches Alberto Gonzales and Alberto Perez more than two years ago and is confident that they are making a difference in producing highly talented young British boxers.
McCrory said: “It’s very important for me to see other kids doing well but what’s really important is that my kids are up against them.
"We asked the best to train the best and that’s what happens.
"It will work.
"We will have kids from the North East at Beijing (for this summer’s Olympics), which I think we’ve had something to do with through the publicity and helping generate stuff in the North East.
"Most of the kids on the 2012 team will be from Northumbria.
“I’m determined to make sure Newcastle becomes the number one place for boxing in Britain. It’ll happen.
"My ambition is to be the best in the world, it has been since I was a kid.
"My ambition’s to make sure my club’s the best in the world and what we do is the best in the world.”