A Black Country Boxing Promotions event in Walsall on Saturday night turned into a nightmare after three attendees, including a teenager, are reported to have been stabbed.
Footage of a riot kicking off at the show staged at the Town Hall shows the beginnings of what turned out to be a shocking incident unfolding.
Police have confirmed a 19 year-old man who was critically injured has since died after suffering a fatal neck injury.
As authorities underwent an investigation in the aftermath, West Midlands Police initially released the following statement:
“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,” said DI Ian Wilkins
“A young man is in a critical condition with a serious neck injury. Several others received less serious injuries and we are keen to establish what caused the disorder. I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or anyone who may have captured it on their mobile phones.”
“I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or anyone who may have captured it on their mobile phones.”
The event promoters at BCB added: “BCB Promotions can confirm that a police investigation has been launched after a 19 year-old man was involved in disorder in Walsall Town Centre. The victim is in a critical condition in hospital.
“We can confirm that in terms of those members of the public who attended our show at Walsall Town Hall last night, all were subject to a full body search upon entry and, in line with British Boxing Board of Control regulations, all drinks were decanted into plastic glasses.
“In the final rounds of the top of the bill fight between Luke Paddock and Myron Mills for the IBF Youth Lightweight Title an unsavoury fracas began inside the venue and security ushered a number of those in attendance outside in order for the promotion to continue.
“The Police are in the early stages of the enquiry and have urged anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to come forward.
“We are co-operating with the Police and our thoughts are with the victim. We are unable to make any further comment.
“Anyone with information should contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”