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Cromer boxer fined for abusing nightclub staff

PUBLISHED: 07:59 19 April 2012

Boxer Michael Walsh was fined for the public order offence. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Boxer Michael Walsh was fined for the public order offence. Photo by Simon Finlay.

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A well-known Cromer boxer was fined for abusing door staff when he and two friends were refused entry to a Norwich nightclub.

Michael Walsh, who is contracted to promoter Frank Warren, was out with two friends, who picked up a metal pole outside the Kartel nightclub on London Street, Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard last Wednesday.

All three admitted abusing the door staff, while Jamie Riley, 34, of Russell Avenue, Spixworth and James Short, of Old Warren, Taverham admitted picking up the pole at 1.25am on April 4.

Bantamweight fighter, Walsh, 27, from Brownshill, Cromer, was fined £100 and Riley and Short, were fined £200 each.

Julie Gowland, mitigating, said Riley had only picked up the pole for 20 seconds and the men apologised when interviewed by police.

She said the three were on a “rare” night out drinking.

Walsh, brother of twins Liam, a Commonwealth boxing champion, and Ryan, lost his father before Christmas and Short and Riley arranged to go out for a drink with him.

District Judge, Peter Veits, told the men that their actions could have led to a more serious incident.


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