Boxing Riots - the top 5
Sometimes two combatants in the ring are not nearly enough for some people, they feel the need to step in themselves. Here are some occasions when the hotheads threw their toys out of the pram!
5. Floyd Mayweather vs Zab Judah
While enduring a beating during a welterweight title clash in 2006, Judah decides to employ the low blow and rabbit punch combo to even the odds. His foul play ignites a brawl when Floyd’s uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather enters the ring to give Zab a piece of his mind, mayhem ensues. A Boxing Futures representative was a few rows back, he stayed in his seat and just tutted.
4. Derek Williams vs Jean Chanet
British and French fans take up the fight during a heavyweight contest in 1990. Brit boxer Williams and Frenchman Chanet watch on from the ring, more enthralled by the chair-to-chair action in the arena than their own tussle.
3. Ahmed Elomar vs Willie Kickett
The Australian sports network decide to cut short their live showing of a 2008 super featherweight match up, after the main event becomes a little more heated than they bargained for after Elomar’s hangers on storm the ring after his knockout victory.
2. Dick Richardson vs Brian London
Classic boxing for all the wrong reasons. So incensed by his TKO loss on cuts, Brian London turns his 1960 European heavyweight clash into a free-for-all with a little help from his brother and former heavyweight champ dad.
1. Riddick Bowe vs Andrew Golota
The highly anticipated 1996 meeting between Bowe and Golota went down in history as the ‘Riot at the Garden’. The home of boxing was turned upside down after Golota was disqualified for low blows. Spectators, policemen, corner men and even Golota himself suffered injuries in the full-scale brawl that erupted.