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I recall some of the biggest shocks in boxing history when I witnessed George Foreman win the world title at a grand old age of 45 years old, invincible Mike Tyson getting knocked out by underdog Buster Douglas and the greatest heavyweight of all time Muhammed Ali losing to a novice Leon Spinks.

However undefeated British heavyweight Tyson Fury produced one of the most recent shocks in boxing history when he beat the undisputed champion Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Fury had been written off in this fight and most boxing experts had given him no chance of winning against Klitschko who had remained champion for over ten years and during this time had collected and retained the majority of the world title belts.

Fury’s victory was well deserved and from the opening bell the 6ft 9inch giant out worked and out thought Klitschko. Fury was able to capitalise on his longer reach, youth and mobility to keep the champion at bay and for the majority of the fight Klitschko was unable to throw any meaningful punches including his dangerous right hand.

The fight itself was not a classic but it was shocking and unbelievable as Fury proved all the sceptics wrong and made Klitschko look ordinary, old, tired and gun shy.

Fury is a throwback to the Muhammed Ali days and like Ali he is definitely a controversial character who speaks his mind without worrying about any backlash like his recent reported views on homosexuality.

Whatever people think of Fury on a personal level, what is certain is that the boxer has developed in a very good fighter over the years and beating such a polished and well respected champion like Klitschko deserves credit and respect.

During his interview after the fight, Fury said “I was very anxious waiting for the decision after being deducted a point, I knew it would make it closer and you never can tell.” Fury won this bout by majority decision.

Looking at the punching statistics during this bout Fury connected with 86 of his 371 and Klitschko landed 52 from 231.

Fury’s win is great for British heavyweight boxing and he follows previous world champions Bob Fitzsimmons, Michael Bentt, Herbie Hyde, Frank Bruno, Henry Akinwande, Lennox Lewis and David Haye into the world champion record books.

As to the future, it would seem that Klitschko will be given an immediate rematch against Fury. Klitschko believes he significantly underperformed against Fury and his defeat was a one-off. He has made it clear that he is eager to prove that he is the better fighter and in the rematch will raise his game and be victorious.

I personally believe that Klitschko has performed better in previous boxing bouts against more skilled opponents, but he is 39 years older now and Fury is different when compared because he is the much bigger man, younger, more mobile, elusive and unpredictable and his style is very difficult to beat for any fighter.

The other future opponents for the winner of the Fury vs Klitschko rematch are Britain’s David Haye, Anthony Joshua and American WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder.

SA Sewing Machines & Pfaff Service Centre

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A specialist service every time

With over 65 years of combined experience, and with showrooms in Rochdale, Oldham and Leeds, SA Sewing Machines and the specialist Pfaff Service Centre, between them boast dozens of machines for every sewers needs - be it Industrial or Domestic.

Both businesses have grown immensely in size and reputation over the past few decades, working with every type of client from national businesses to individual customers.

As a result of their commitment to providing a friendly personal service, the reliable high quality retailers can now offer the most competitive pricing around.

Saeed Ahmed, owner of SA Sewing Machines and Mark Briggs, owner of the Pfaff Service Centre agree that: “We appreciate that for all of our customers, value for money is perhaps the most important consideration but without compromising quality.  We manage to strike this balance by using skilled traditional craftsmanship whilst being able to offer modern technology”

They have approximately 80 different sewing machines on display at any one time, shared between Rochdale, Oldham and Leeds, with prices starting from as little as £99, all set up and ready for demonstration.

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New industrial machines start at just £399 whilst Roller Presses begin from only £999.  These presses have proven to be an asset to hoteliers, restaurants, residential and nursing homes, colleges and any establishments which have regular ironing and pressing requirements

As well as home sewers who enjoy dressmaking, quilting or embroidery, SA Sewing Machines also work with local community centres, schools, colleges, councils, hospitals, factories and manufacturers, tailors and alteration outlets, furniture and vehicle upholsterers and regularly exhibit at exhibitions in Manchester and Harrogate.  

Whilst Mark, who has been a Pfaff sewing machine, overlocker and iron press specialist since 1980, and was trained by Pfaff in Germany, and has utilised his skills all over Europe.

SA Sewing Machines whose showrooms cover Rochdale and Oldham and the surrounding Lancashire and Manchester areas, has an excellent selection of both domestic and industrial models at the Rochdale branch from basic flat bed machines and overlockers to under bed trimmers, walking foot machines, zigzag and twin needle models to name but a few.

The Oldham branch offers an array of domestic machines and a selection of flatbed industrial machines primarily for home sewers.

The Pfaff Service Centre in Leeds also carries a good selection for those people living in Yorkshire.

Specialist machines are available to order at all locations and can meet any specific requirements you might have.

Whether you are a business owner looking to purchase a high grade sewing machine or roller press, or a home sewing enthusiast, SA Sewing Machines and the Pfaff Service Centre are here to help you.

SA Sewing Machines will have its next public exhibition in November at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. More information about the dates and times are available by visiting harrogate


SA Sewing Machines

1 Halifax Road, Rochdale, OL12 9BD

79 Lees Road, Oldham, OL4 1JW

Tel: 01706 355529 / 07868 725753


Pfaff Service Centre

36B Barkston House,

Croydon Street,  Leeds, LS11 9RT

Tel: 0113 2457688 / 07860 662198


Funeral of ‘spiked drink’ victim

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TRAGIC: Jane Khalaf died in a German hospital after her drink is believed to have been spiked whilst at a carnival

TRAGIC: Jane Khalaf died in a German hospital after her drink is believed to have been spiked whilst at a carnival

Family still wanting answers after daughter’s death

The funeral of a student from Yorkshire, who collapsed and died after her drink was allegedly laced with a deadly concoction of drugs whilst at a carnival in Germany, has taken place this week.

Family and friends of Jane Khalaf gathered at Stirley Hill Cemetery on Monday 8th December, with some travelling hundreds of miles to attend an emotional farewell to the local teenager.

The 19-year-old, from Huddersfield, was taken to St Marien Hospital in Cologne last month after telling friends she thought her drink had been spiked and it was there that the Northumbria University student collapsed.

Her conditioned worsened and she was put on a life-support machine after being transferred to the Kliniken der Stadt Koln on 12th November, before sadly passing away eight days later.

Jane’s distraught parents, who own a restaurant in Huddersfield, say they are furious at the way they were treated by German authorities, who did not alert them of their daughter’s condition.

“The way we were treated and the way her case has been dealt with in Germany was appalling,” Rojin Khalaf, Jane’s mother, said.

“No one rang to tell us that she had been taken ill in hospital despite the fact she had her driving licence on her as ID. We found out through Facebook.

“She was a very sensible girl and very anti drugs so we are confident that her drink was spiked.

“A horrendous experience has been made so much worse by the frustration they've caused us and we just want answers. It's terrible and we can't believe what has happened.

“When we found out how serious the situation was we just hoped for a miracle. But it didn't happen.”

Mrs Khalaf added: “She was such an intelligent, ambitious, funny and happy person who was so full of life and hoped to become involved in politics and was good at everything.

“But really there are no words that can properly describe her.”

Tests on Jane’s blood in Germany found levels of amphetamine and ecstasy whilst her body has now been flown back to the UK where Home Office pathologists will carry out further tests.

A Northumbria University spokesperson passed on their condolences to the family.

“We can confirm that one of our students has tragically passed away while studying at a partner university in Germany,” a statement read.

“Representatives from Northumbria University have met with the family and we continue to offer support at this difficult time.

“We are in contact with the authorities in Germany and the UK, and stand ready to assist further where we can.”

Jane, who had a Kurdish background, was well-known for being a campaigner for the rights of the Kurds, and had spoken at a rally at St George’s Square in Huddersfield in the summer.