A 19-year-old man is in a critical condition after “large-scale disorder” broke out at a boxing event.West Midlands Police said a second man was treated for non-life threatening injuries following trouble at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday.The scene remained cordoned off on Sunday while forensic investigations were carried out.The venue was hosting an IBF Youth Lightweight title fight between Luke Paddock and Myron Mills.
Police said the violence spilled on to the street at about 23:00 BST.The critically-injured man has a neck injury.A cordon has been widened in an attempt to find potentially discarded weapons, the force said.Several streets remained closed on Sunday. Walsall Library was shut as it falls within the cordon.Organisers said a second event planned for Sunday had been cancelled.In a statement, Black Country Boxing said: “Our thoughts are with the victims and we will be liaising fully with the police and venue.”
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Kay Ellis was at the event with her husband Robert and a friend. She said people had been subjected to searches before entering the venue.’Like a riot’Mrs Ellis, from Netherton, Dudley, said tension had been building between rival supporters during the evening and the violence flared between about 50 people when a plastic cup full of liquid was thrown.”There was food flying and then they were picking up chairs, turning tables over and just ploughing into each other.”It was horrendous, it was like a riot.”
Det Insp Ian Wilkins from West Midlands Police, said: “We have widened our cordon following an initial examination to search for potentially discarded weapons and any other evidence which can lead us to those involved.”A young man is in a critical condition with a serious neck injury. Several others received less serious injuries and we are keen to establish what caused the disorder.”Walsall Council, which runs the town hall, tweeted to say it was supporting the police investigation.The bout was won by Myron Mills, from Derby, following a split decision.Writing on Facebook following the disorder, Luke Paddock, from Walsall, said he did not “get the result he wanted. “It’s just a shame about the violence outside the ring at the end of the show,” he said.
Source: Derby BBC