A WORLD boxing champion has inspired the next generation of fighters during a visit to a Ferryhill gym.

IBF world bantamweight champion Stuart Hall, 34, travelled to Seconds Out Boxing Academy to speak to youngsters there.

The academy attracts boxers aged between eight and 72 and Mr Hall, of Darlington, visited them on Wednesday (March 12).

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Seconds Out, based at Ferryhill Community Hub, also runs a scheme to help youngsters forced out of mainstream education back into school.

Paul Eddy, Seconds Out head coach, said: “He told the academy’s boxers his life story and inspired them.

“He also helped us to motivate the youngsters into staying in education and to try to make something of their lives before they left school.

“It was very kind that he came up here to see us. The visit is something that the lads will not forget. They will tell their grandchildren that they were there the night a world champion visited.”

He added that members of the academy are to head to the Metro Radio Arena, in Newcastle, to see Mr Hall fight Martin Ward on Saturday, March 29.

Seconds Out is holding a show on Saturday, April 5, where its boxers will take on fighters from across the North-East.

Doors open from noon and the boxing starts at 1pm. Tickets are £15 for ringside seats and £10 for outer seats and they can be obtained from Mr Eddy on 07767872210.