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Medical facilities where novice boxer died were 'disorganised', inquest hears

Kuba with his twin sister Magdalena Moczyk. Credit: Family picture

A woman who carried out medical checks at a boxing event in which a fighter suffered fatal injuries has spoken of the disorganised arrangements that night.

Jakub Moczyk, 22, known to his friends and family as Kuba, died two days after being knocked down in the final round of his first ever fight.

He was competing at an unlicensed event at the Atlantis Tower arena in Great Yarmouth in November last year.

The fight took place in Great Yarmouth. Credit: Amateur footage

When his inquest began yesterday, his family expressed concern about the medical facilities in place that night.

Today, Susan Mitchison told the jury she was called in to carry medical checks at the last minute because someone had not turned up.

She described herself as an emergency medical technician, providing medical checks at events. She described the arrangements that night as "disorganised'.

She said it was normal for boxers to bring their medical forms to shows. 'I asked for the medical forms. They also normally have disclaimers. They had nothing.'

She also said there was no list of the boxers competing and that Kuba's opponent did not even have the usual blood pressure test.

She worked alongside her husband Andrew Cawlard, the director of Lifeshield Medical Services. He told the jury the opponent was twice sick in the second round and he was expecting the referee to look to him for guidance as to whether he was ok to continue.

Asked by Coroner Jacqueline Lake, if he should have stepped in, Mr Cawlard said he knew the referee was the boxer's trainer and would know if he was fit to continue.

When Kuba was knocked down in the next round, he gave him oxygen and put him in the recovery position while a paramedic and ambulance crew were called.

The inquest is expected to last for the rest of the week.

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