Norwich boxer Herbie Hide speaks out on why he has dodged court fines

Former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has broken his silence after a court warrant was issued over an unpaid fine he has been ordered to pay following a conviction for assault.

The 41-year-old from Bawburgh, near Norwich, has been ordered to pay a total of �1,515 which was imposed after he pleaded guilty to an offence of common assault at Norwich Crown Court in June last year.

Mr Hide has not paid the fine despite being ordered by Norwich Magistrates' Court in February to do so by the end of March or face 45 days in prison and has since had a warrant issued by the court to get him to reappear over the matter.

The Norwich Evening News contacted city magistrates who confirmed a committal warrant had been issued on September 6.

But the Norwich boxer, who held the World Boxing Organisation version of the heavyweight title twice, including a two-year reign from 1997 to 1999, has come out fighting over the matter.

Speaking in tomorrow's Evening News he says: 'The case was nonsense.'

For the full story see tomorrow's Evening News.