Fan Killed in Battle of the Boxing Mobs
Byline: ANDREW LOUDON
A BOXING fan died under the wheels of a coach as he fled a mob of rival spectators at a title fight.
The 31-year-old man was crushed during a mass brawl which erupted after the top-of-the-bill bout ended in a controversial disqualification.
Paramedics who tried in vain to resuscitate him on board the coach were jostled aside as thugs invaded the vehicle outside Oldham Leisure Centre to attack rival supporters.
One man was whirling a chain above his head while others smashed windows and assaulted passengers.
Ambulance manager Clive Heather said his two paramedics, both highly experienced, had been left frightened and badly shaken by the 'baying mob'.
Police said they were treating the death of the man, from Chigwell, Essex, on Saturday night as suspicious. He may have been deliberately pushed into the path of the vehicle, it emerged yesterday.
The riot happened after the last bout on the bill at Oldham Leisure Centre ended abruptly.
Jason Matthews, 28, from Hackney, East London, won the Common- wealth middleweight title when Paul Jones, 32, from Sheffield was disqualified by referee John Coyle for holding. …