Boxing: Board inquiry after Peterborough riot

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THE BRITISH Boxing Board of Control is to hold an inquiry after Peterborough's first professional show in a decade erupted into a riot on Saturday night.

Drunken fans threw chairs and bottles with several of the 900 people present being injured as fighting broke out.

Frank Maloney, who co- promoted the non-title show with Kevin Sanders, is believed to have scrapped plans to stage three more shows in the city during the next year.

Naseem Hamed woke up yesterday to scathing criticism of his performances in and out of the ring in Atlantic City, following his points victory over Wayne McCullough on Saturday night.

"Prince Naseem Hamed's second visit to the United States left his unbeaten record intact but his public image in tatters," said the Sun. "Brendan Ingle has created a monster during the last 17 years and the boy appears to be running out of control."

The Mirror was equally damning, labelling Hamed's performance "a devastating flop", while the Daily Mail said: "You can fool a lot of disco generation people in England... but you cannot fool the American fistic fraternity for a moment."

Even the broadsheets gave Hamed a broadside. The Daily Telegraph called him "the clown prince in danger of losing the plot".