Title fight attack man is jailed

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AN ATTACKER has been jailed for punching a man as they watched a world heavyweight title fight on television in a Chesterfield town centre bar.

The assault took place in Yates Wine Lodge where victim Richard Crossley, aged 22, was with friends, some of whom knew the assailant, former welder Christopher Stanfield, 25.

They were watching the world heavyweight title fight between David Haye and Vladimir Klitschko when Stanfield, known as ‘Stanners’, tapped Mr Crossley’s shoulder from behind.

“As he turned around he was struck and knocked to the floor. As he was falling he says the defendant kicked out at him,” Bill Taylor, prosecuting, told town magistrates.

“The defendant then made himself scarce but was identified from a CCTV camera at the exit by a police officer who knew him.”

Mr Crossley said: “It was about the final round and we were all cheering Haye on. I was at the bar ordering drinks and I felt a sharp blow to my face. Blood was running down my face and onto my hands. Some people helped me up. Before the blow I turned and saw two people. One was Stanners, who had joined our group because some of my friends seemed to know him.”

Mr Crossley, who suffered a large cut to his eyebrow, added: “I didn’t provoke him or do anything to deserve it.”

Stanfield, of St John’s Close, Walton, admitted the July assault and was jailed for 26 weeks. “He can remember almost nothing about the incident because he had had too much to drink,” said Jon Barber, defending.