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Boxing fans fight after Tyson speech in England

11/16/2005 - Boxing

LONDON -- Perhaps inspired by the presence of the "baddest man on the planet" in their midst, guests at a British boxing dinner for Mike Tyson launched into a mass punch-up.

Police said they were called to a "large fight" at the
Heritage Hotel in Derby, central England, where Tyson had
appeared to launch a four-date promotional tour of Britain.

Among the guests at the black tie function on Tuesday
night, where tickets cost $220 a head, was former
British heavyweight champion Frank Bruno.

"Police received an emergency call notifying them of a large
fight taking place inside the hotel," a Derbyshire police
spokeswoman said.

Officers found no actual brawling when they arrived but
discovered four people had suffered minor injuries. One was
taken to hospital after being hit on the head with a champagne
bottle, but he was later discharged.

Police said all the speakers at the function, including
former world heavyweight champion Tyson, had left the hotel when
the brawl erupted among some of the spectators.

"It seemed to be people who fancied a fight," the police
spokeswoman said.

There were no arrests.