Former world champion Clinton Woods has stuck up for his former promoter Dennis Hobson, as the British Boxing Board of Control starts to probe crowd disorder at last Saturday’s fight show at Sheffield’s Octagon.
Woods was at the Centre when violence erupted between crowd members. Since then the BBBC has hinted at possible suspensions during their inquiry.
Woods said: “I am the first to say it looked terrible and isn’t a great advert for the city. I witnessed something similar at the Frontier Club, Batley (1995) when some drunk ran into the ring swinging away. Boxing is supposed to be between the boxers, but thankfully things like this don’t happen often. Nobody deserves a suspension.
“It’s hard enough to promote and break even from small hall shows, but they are the lifeblood of our sport. It was unfortunate, what happened, but I’m sure lessons will be learned without penalties being handed out.”
Woods, now a Westfield trainer, has a boxer on Dave Coldwell’s bill at iceSheffield tomorrow. His man Jos Paul is a cruiserweight - one of two on the show.
“I like seeing the bigger fighters involved, the smaller ones aren’t as exciting for me. This will be Jos’s second fight and he’s up against Jason Jones (Nottingham.) He won’t be coming here to lose, he is a come-forward fighter who will bring a good challenge to Jos who is a good boxer-fighter but can whack.”
n Sheffield amateur boxing brought success to the city last weekend. In the English ABA Youth Championship (60kg) Dalton Smith (Steel City) beat Tony Vincent (Woking) 3:0
In the 81kg class Chris Luteke (Steel City) beat William McCann (Kettering SOB) 2:1.
Dalton posted on Facebook: “Every day I sacrifice little things for days like this. Winning my fifth national title and staying no1 in England.”
See more in Friday’s Grassroots section.