PROFESSIONAL boxing is set to return to the Metrodome in March.

There were fears promotion of the sport would be in jeopardy after a riot during the last show in September.

The disturbance saw chairs and bottles being thrown, but is now being seen as a one-off incident.

Mick Wale trains two of Barnsley's nine professional boxers in Wath. He says that having boxing in the town is essential to all aspects of the sport in the region.

He said: "All the young lads that box locally need to see professional boxing and know they can aspire to box at the Metrodome.

"Aside from the Olympics, which only a select bunch of boxers get to, professional boxing is the pinnacle of the sport.

"It's also a great night out for a lot of people who come for the right reasons."

Newark-based promoter Carl Greaves will continue to promote at the venue, although there will be more stringent controls on security and alcohol in future.

Tim Wilson, chief executive of BPL, which runs the Metrodome, said: "Barnsley Metrodome is a renowned regional attraction which hosts a variety of top class sporting events.

"The venue has successfully hosted boxing matches for the past 15 years and will continue to do so."

The next show, on March 7, is likely to feature Stairfoot light-middleweight Matthew Mallin as the bill-topper.