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Barker back on familiar turf

PUBLISHED: 10:47 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010

After travelling halfway across the world for his last title defence, Commonwealth middleweight champ Darren Barker returns closer to home to face Irish rival Jason McKay at the Brentwood Centre

AFTER travelling halfway across the world for his last title defence, Commonwealth middleweight champ Darren Barker returns closer to home to face Irish rival Jason McKay at Brentwood Centre on Saturday night.

Former Repton star Barker (pictured), who overcame Larry Sharpe in Edmonton, Canada in August, is expected to make it 19 unbeaten contests against tough McKay and set up a possible British title eliminator against Darren McDermott next year.

But his challenger aims to complete a treble of upset wins for Ulster fighters in east London following Paul McCloskey's shock triumph over Colin Lynes on Friday and Martin Rogan's defeat of Audley Harrison.

Current Repton talent Michael Norgrove snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the National Novices semi-finals at Earlsfield on Sunday.

Trailing by five points to Marine rival Jack Edwards, Norgrove unloaded a battery of blows in the third round to clinch his Class A 75kg final spot.

Norgrove will be the only Repton boxer heading to Sunday's national finals in Ashfield, Notts after Gavin Curragh suffered a points defeat by Paulius Macriulevicius, from Kingfisher, in the Under-69kg section while Joe Knighton and Raz Shagourie dropped points decisions in their Class B clashes.

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