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Exclusive footage shows chairs being thrown by crowds at boxing match

Exclusive footage shows moment tables and chairs are thrown Photo: ITV News Central

A 19-year-old man has died after fighting broke out following a boxing match in Walsall. Fans started to throw chairs and tables after the clash at Walsall Town Hall between Luke Paddock and Myron Mills.

Police say the teenager suffered a neck injury and they are looking for potential weapons in what is now a murder investigation.

The fight, promoted by BCB Promotions was billed at "The World Awaits" and the prize was the IBF Youth Lightweight title. Luke Paddock from Walsall lost the fight to Myron Mills from Derby after a split decision.

Myron Mills in announced as winner of the IBF Youth Lightweight fight at Walsall Town Hall Credit: BCB/Facebook

Fighting broke out between spectators who were seen inside the Town Hall throwing chairs and tables. During a post match interview with the winner which was being streamed online, Myron Mills apologises for the trouble:

"I'd just like to apologise on behalf of whatever happened over there, I'm not too sure what happened but I'm sure it wasn't worth it whatever it was. I don't know why they feel like that to do that and I don't think they've stopped yet."

Myron Mills was a last minute replacement for the fight after a previous competitor due to take on Luke Paddock pulled out.

Poster promoting IBF fight at Walsall Town Hall Credit: BCB/Facebook
Cordons in place around Walsall Town Hall on Sunday Credit: John Kennett

Detective Inspector Ian Wilkins from West Midlands Police said:

We have widened our cordon following an initial examination to search for potentially discarded weapons and any other evidence which can lead us to those involved.

I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or anyone who may have captured it on their mobile phones.

– Detective Inspector Ian Wilkins, West Midlands Police

Cordons remain in place with roads closed off as the searches continue.

A further boxing event planned for this evening has been cancelled by the promoters.

Detectives are continuing to trawl through CCTV from the surrounding area and several witnesses have already been spoken to.

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