Herbie Hide: Norwich boxer faces drugs trial in October

Herbie Hide (left)
Image caption Herbie Hide (left) was a world boxing champion between 1997 and 1999

A former world boxing champion has denied a drugs charge and will go on trial in October.

Herbie Hide, 41, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine during an appearance at Norwich Crown Court on Monday.

Mr Hide, who lives in Bawburgh near Norwich, has been released on bail but ordered to surrender his passport.

He missed an earlier hearing, telling the court he was in Nigeria and had been suffering from malaria.

His trial will take place at Norwich Crown Court on the 21 October.

Mr Hide's co-defendant, Ben Sharman, 22, of Howe Lane, Poringland, Norfolk, has admitted conspiracy to supply a class A drug, offering to supply a class A drug and offering to supply a class B drug.

Mr Sharman, who was remanded in custody, has denied another charge of supplying cocaine to Mr Hide.

Herbie Hide held the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) version of the heavyweight title between 1997 and 1999.

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