A former boxer from Hartlepool has been charged with attacks on his ex-wife.
Michael Hunter, 37, a past British and European super bantamweight champion, is also accused of breaching a court order imposed to protect Joanne Clare Hunter.
Allegations of common assault and actual bodily harm
He was due to appear at Teesside Crown Court yesterday to face the charges but the judge was told he was taken ill while on his way to the court in Middlesbrough.
His lawyer said he was due to be seen by a doctor later.
Hunter is charged with common assault on his ex on April 16, and a breach the same day of the non-molestation order imposed on November 5.
Prosecutor Rachel Masters said that he had since been charged with a separate actual bodily harm assault on Ms Hunter, which the Crown Prosecution Service would apply to have added to the other charges.
Judge Tony Briggs ordered that Hunter should produce a sick note to support his absence from yesterday’s preliminary hearing.
Hunter, of Eskdale Road, Hartlepool, had his bail extended until the next hearing on Friday, June 12.
In his boxing career he was beaten only twice in 33 appearances and won eight of his 10 major title contests.
Hunter retired from the sport in 2012 after making a final comeback from a previous retirement to record his 30th professional win.