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[21JUN 00] SKYDOME COVENTRY NEWS
Coventry In The Ring For Top Notch Boxing

Coventry could soon become a regular host to top class international boxing.

The city's new 7 million SkyDome Arena won wide praise for its hosting of last month's British light-heavyweight title fight won by Coventry's Neil Simpson.

The bill was shown live on Sky TV and now Planet Ice, who operate the arena, are in talks with several of the country's leading promoters.

Simon Burnett, manager of the SkyDome Arena, said the reaction to the first bill had been incredible.

"We knew the evening would sell well because Coventry has long been a boxing city and there were local fighters on the bill, but the feedback from around the country has been very exciting.

"We have been contacted by three or four of the leading promoters who are very keen to host top international bills here in Coventry. They have been impressed by the facilities for spectators and television companies and the venue is just the right size for that level of boxing.

"There is an established circuit for boxing but we offer something purpose built and fresh and that seems to have caught their imagination.

"We are hoping that we will soon be hosting some European and possibly world title fights.

"Sky were delighted with the way we hosted last month's event and I know that promoter Jess Harding was similarly impressed."
   
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