Chaos at Copper Box Arena in Stratford as fans brawl following boxing match
PUBLISHED: 14:04 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 10 July 2017
West Ham supporters were said to be caught up in violent clashes at the Copper Box Arena after a boxing match result turned nasty.
Families were among the shocked fans who witnessed the mass brawl at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park venue in Stratford moments after Asinia Byfield defeated West Ham fans’ favourite Sam McNess.
Video footage on social media showed people next to the boxing ring throwing punches at one another while stewards tried to separate the crowds.
Chairs were seen hurtling through the air and at one point the ring announcer pleaded for calm.
In one video he is heard saying: “This is all being filmed and it is going to be given to the police.
“Please move back to your seats. Sit down. Gentlemen, this is boxing, not football.”
Watching crowds cheered in response to this while many others took to Twitter to condemn the violence between opposing fans, with some condemning the scenes as “carnage”.
@According2Wolfy wrote: “Disgusting behaviour from small section of crowd at Copperbox, not what it’s about. Gives boxing a bad name. Keep the fighting in the ring.”
Martin Pancho, who witnessed the scenes, said: “There were loads of West Ham supporters and I could tell if their guy [Sam McNess] lost, there would be trouble.
“I was with my son and other families were there too, so it was a real shame.”
After the mass fighting was halted, small pockets of violence still continued with calm eventually being restored after about 20 minutes.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed officers were called to a disturbance at the arena at about 10pm.
He said: “Officers attended and dispersed a number of people. No one was found to be injured.
“No allegations were made to police. There were no arrests.”
A spokeswoman for GLL, which operates the Copper Box Arena, said an isolated incident had occurred between a small section of spectators and was under investigation.
She added: “We would like to thank the majority of the spectators, all staff members and security for helping contain the incident and help the successful event carry on without further interruptions.
“The Copper Box Arena is a unique venue which has successfully hosted many national and international sporting events as well as events for the local community and we look forward to hosting many more in the future.”