Big fight night to honour tragic boxer Dale Lincoln

TRIBUTE ... Dale Lincoln with boxing coach Steve Winter.
TRIBUTE ... Dale Lincoln with boxing coach Steve Winter.

A BOXING promoter has vowed to dedicate his next professional show in South Shields to tragic Dale Lincoln.

Steve Wraith has expresed his sadness over the death of the talented boxer and will dedicate his next pro show in South Shields to his memory.

That event will see South Shields fighter Anthony Nelson take on Terry Broadbent for the vacant English super flyweight belt at Temple Park Centre on October 12.

Steve said: “The boxing community is one big family and Dale was a part of that at the amateur level.

“I only met Dale once, so I wasn’t that close to him, but I know that one of the lads, Anthony Nelson, is dedicating his next fight to him, too.

“I’ve also had a phone call from some volunteers who want to come down to the show, on October 12, and do some fundraising.

“People really come together in these situations because people feel like they need to do something to help and want to do something.

“The boxing community will really come together at Temple Park next month.

“It felt only right to dedicate the night to Dale.”

An inquest was yesterday opened into Dale’s death. The body of the 21-year-old, from Horsley Hill, South Shields, was found at the bottom of cliffs at Marsden on Monday.

Emergency services were scrambled to the coast at about 10am, after reports that a Citroen car was seen in the water near the Grotto pub.

Part of the beach was closed off while investigations were carried out.

Dale’s body was transferred by a volunteer lifeboat crew to South Shields ferry landing, where they were met by funeral directors.

South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney yesterday opened and adjourned an inquest into the tragedy.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out, and the coroner is awaiting its results.

Nicknamed ‘The Kid’, Dale was a popular member of Horsley Hill Amateur Boxing Club, who last year defended his Tyne, Tees and Wear 57-kilo crown for the third time.

His boxing coach, Steve Winter, described Dale as one of his most talented boxers, and said he loved him “like a son”.

Dale had just turned 21 and worked as a labourer.

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