A FORMER European boxing champion from Hartlepool has appeared in court accused of assaulting a woman.
Michael Hunter, a past British and European super bantamweight champ, is charged with causing actual bodily harm in an alleged domestic incident.
He strongly denies the allegation and is expected to fight it in a future trial.
The 36-year-old appeared at Teesside Crown Court for a brief preliminary hearing.
He did not enter any plea and lawyers agreed a timetable for the progression of the case.
The judge, Recorder Martin Bethel QC, adjourned the case until Friday, June 12, when Hunter is due to plea.
He was granted unconditional bail by the court.
Hunter, of Eskdale Road, Hartlepool, is well known after proving himself to be one of the town’s best-ever boxers.
He retired briefly in 2008 and made an unsuccessful comeback the following year to challenge for the vacant British super bantamweight title.
He hung up his gloves again and made his final comeback in 2012, where he recorded his 30th professional win.
He was beaten only twice in 33 appearances and won eight of his 10 major title contests.