South Parade Pier boxing match turns into 50-man brawl

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POLICE were called to South Parade Pier after a boxing match turned into a mass brawl.

Around 50 people were involved in the fight, which saw metal number holders used as missiles and tables overturned as the trouble spread.

LOOKING ON A still from the video showing people looking at the brawl, which is off camera

LOOKING ON A still from the video showing people looking at the brawl, which is off camera

Part of the disorder, which took place in the pier’s Gaiety Showbar on May 5, was also captured on film and ended up on video sharing website Youtube.

It is believed the fight broke out when the result of a boxing match caused an argument, which then escalated and ended up involving many members of the ringside audience.

Although no one was reported injured or ended up being arrested as a result of the brawl, officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s licensing team insisted on new conditions for the venue to prevent such problems happening again.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Portsmouth district licensing team Sergeant Wayne Fewings said police were called at 10.42pm on Saturday May 5.

LOOKING ON A still from the video showing people looking at the brawl, which is off camera

LOOKING ON A still from the video showing people looking at the brawl, which is off camera

He said: ‘It’s estimated approximately 50 people in the audience were involved in the disorder during a boxing event at the venue.

‘No injuries or property damage were reported, and no-one made formal complaints to police about being the victim of a crime.

‘A police licensing officer met the venue’s management the following week to discuss events on the night of May 5.

‘The club is already managed responsibly with precautions such as plastic glasses.

‘However, a number of extra measures were agreed with the venue to help prevent further disorder.’

The conditions demanded by police following the brawl were for the hosts to clear a larger area next to the ringside and stop tables being positioned on the stage area, which is now to be reserved for officials only.

They also told them not to use metal table number holders, to prevent them being used as weapons, and to increase the venue’s CCTV coverage.

Sgt Fewings added: ‘Police concluded that the venue and its procedures were not the main cause of the disorder, which appeared to start because of an argument over the result of a boxing fight at the club that night.

‘The licensing team is satisfied with the actions being taken by the venue’s management, and we’ll continue working with them to prevent further disorder.’

The owners of South Parade Pier were not available to comment.