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World cruiserweight boxing champion Glenn McCrory visits Stonham Barns Park

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A former British, Commonwealth and World cruiserweight boxing champion hopes a sports bar, which will be named in his honour, could inspire the next generation of sport stars.

Glenn McCrory visited Stonham Barns Park last week to check on the progress of The Glenn McCrory Sports Bar, which is due to be completed by the end of the month.

The Tyneside boxing giant, who fought some of the most famous names in boxing prior to a career as a commentator, first met leisure group owner Alan Forward – a lifelong boxing fan – a few years ago.

Glenn McCrory, left, with Alan Forward. Pictures by Stonham Park Barns.
Glenn McCrory, left, with Alan Forward. Pictures by Stonham Park Barns.

Speaking about the new facility, McCrory said: “I have so much admiration for the work that has been done here to develop the venue into a location that brings pleasure to so many people.

“It is such an honour to have this multi-sports bar dedicated to my sporting career. It is very humbling and I am keen to support it in every way I can.

“It will be a place to watch some sporting highlights and reflect on the highs and lows of a variety of sports.

“If it encourages just one rising sports star to aim for the top because of a visit to the bar, it will be well worth it.”

Glenn watched his first boxing fight –Mohammed Ali against George Foreman – at the age of 12, which inspired him to later turn professional and claim British, Commonwealth and World champion belts in his career.

Park owner Mr Forward said: “The new sports bar will be a focus for all things entertainment. We are so happy to have the backing of this great boxing hero, who is all about giving back to the people who made him the star that he is today.”

The new bar will form part of a new clubhouse facility at the holiday park, with the hope that it will attract families and sports enthusiasts to the leisure venue.

Covering a multitude of sports, including darts, football, rugby, cricket, horse racing, and motorsport, there are plans to replicate some ‘Las Vegas-style’ events, with tickets already available for an evening with world heavyweight boxing giants Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney.

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