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Last Updated: Monday, 20 September, 2004, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Ex-world boxing champ jailed
Robbie Regan in 1998
Robbie Regan announced his retirement in 1998
Former world champion boxer Robbie Regan has been jailed for 18 months for attacking a couple in their own home.

Newport Crown Court heard how Regan, 36, entered the house in Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley with two of his friends in April.

Regan, who won world titles at two weights before retiring six years ago, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Judge David Morris said there was no excuse for what they had done.

Regan won the International Boxing Federation flyweight title in 1995 and then took the WBO bantamweight title a year later.

He attempted a come-back after two years out of the ring with glandular fever, but failed an MRI scan and was told he could never box again.

The British Boxing Board of Control called off his fight with Colombia's Jorge Julio, which was to have taken place before a home crowd in Cardiff, on the same bill as fellow fighter Joe Calzaghe.

It was a major blow for Regan, who retired in 1998.

Born in Blackwood, he was also a member of the Great Britain Olympic team and represented Wales at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

Regan's co-defendants, Darren Thomas and Lynne Morgan, were also jailed.

The court heard how the three attacked couple Kevin Hawkins and Christina Higginson after breaking down their front door.

Thomas, 38, from Aberbargoed, admitted making a threat to kill and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 21 months.

Morgan, 47, also from Aberbargoed, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 18 months.

A charge of aggravated burglary which all three defendants had faced will lie on the file.


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