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Published June 11, 2013
POWER PUNCH: REUTERS' Keith Weir reported London's Olympic Park "will host top-level professional boxing bouts" starting in September, "boosting efforts to ensure that Games venues remain a lasting part of the British sporting scene." Promoter Frank Warren has "signed an agreement to stage six fights" in the 7,000-seat Copper Box Arena, which was used for handball and modern pentathlon fencing during the '12 Olympics. Warren said, "The Copper Box is what all the investment in the Olympics was about -- legacy and giving London a fantastic arena." The London Legacy Development Corp. said that proceeds from putting on the fights "will be used to subsidise other sports such as swimming in the Olympic pool" (REUTERS, 6/10). In London, Mike Dawes reports the "first bout will be staged" on Sept. 21, and Warren said that the venue "should stage fights about every two months." Warren: "You have got Wembley which is 12,500 (capacity) and you have got nothing else from that. This is half that capacity and a fabulous arena" (DAILYMAIL.co.uk, 6/11).