A number of amateur boxing clubs have been boosted by news that over two million pounds has been allocated to improve facilities within the sport.

Sport Northern Ireland has just announced indicative Lottery funding of £2.5m to improve premises in some of Northern Ireland’s most deprived communities.

The ‘Boxing Investment Programme’ will aim to improve the overall condition of boxing clubs, particularly in areas of high social need, and allow for an increase in participation rates, with particular emphasis on increasing female participation.

Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland Antoinette McKeown said: “The boxing community has been in need of significant resources for a long time and we are committed to supporting boxing clubs and communities to develop the sport.

“This investment will allow a range of improvements from minor refurbishments, right up to the possibility of a new build of current facilities.

Meanwhile a rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves will take place on May 31.

Their first fight ended in controversial fashion in the ninth round when Froch was awarded the victory.

“I’m looking forward to shutting George Groves up once and for all. I have beaten him before and I will do it again,” Froch said.