Mark Denton death: Two appear in court

Mark Denton
Image caption Mark Denton was a former amateur boxer

Two Hartlepool men charged with murdering a former amateur boxer have appeared before magistrates.

Mark Denton, 31, died in hospital after being attacked at a New Year's Eve party at a house in Hutton Avenue in the town.

David Sowerby, 23, of Allerton Close, and 21-year-old Anthony Middleton, of Bruntoft Avenue, did not enter pleas.

They were remanded in custody and are due to return to Teesside Crown Court on 7 January.

Mr Denton was a promising middleweight when he was younger and was well known in the local boxing community.

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