Boxing fans fight after Tyson speech in England

Updated: November 16, 2005, 11:36 AM ET
Reuters

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.