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Former British boxing hopeful killed in ax attack at party

Jan. 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A boxer once considered one of Britain's top middleweights has died after he was attacked with an ax at a New Year's Eve party, police say.

A police spokeswoman said Mark Denton died from an "ax blow to the head" in his hometown of Hartlepool, the British newspaper the Guardian reported Wednesday.

Denton's professional boxing career was short-circuited last year when he was jailed for criminal damage and shop theft.

Three suspects have been arrested, police said.

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