A POLICE officer is king of the ring after being selected as a boxing official for the 2012 Olympics.
Sunderland Pc Danny McFarlane proved he is fighting fit after knocking out 250,000 opponents in the battle to be a Field of Play boxing team member.
Danny, who trains at Ryhope’s Olympian Boxing Club, which is owned by Olympic boxer Tony Jeffries and his dad Phil, made it through the interview stages and will represent Great Britain at an Olympic event in London next month.
The event will test facilities and venues ahead of next summer’s games – the first to stage female boxers.
Avid boxer Danny, 44, said: “I don’t know at this stage what my role will be but it will be a great pleasure and honour to be a part of the Games.”
Danny, who works for Northumbria Police’s public order unit, refereed at this summer’s Youth Commonwealth Games on the Isle of Man, which involved competitors aged 17 and 18 from 67 countries.
He said: “I refereed the middleweight final which took place in Douglas and had the privilege of meeting Prince Edward who opened the games.
“He came to the boxing tournament on the second day and spoke to most of the boxers and officials.”
Danny joined the ranks of Northumbria Police in 1992.
The next year he represented British Police at the World Police and Fire Olympic Games in Colorado Springs, in the U.S., where he scooped a gold medal in the open class.
He has competed in a total of 55 senior contests and held on to his title of British Police Open Champion between 1993 and 2001.
Danny has been involved with amateur boxing since the age of 15, competing on a domestic and international level for the North East ABA and British Police for 25 years.
He retired from the sport at the compulsory age of 34, when he became an official.
He said: “Most of my spare time is now spent within the sport and as a qualified International referee and judge, it is now my aim to officiate at the highest level.”