Boxing : Warren comes out punching

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Warren comes out punching

The weekend's big boxing night got off to an early start when the promoter Frank Warren punched the boxer Kevin Lueshing's commercial manager, Roger Levitt. The confrontation, which left Levitt with a bloodied lip, occurred in a Nashville hotel before Lueshing's welterweight contest last night against the destructive Puerto Rican IBF title holder Felix Trinidad. Warren said he was invited to hit out after a row with Levitt over Lueshing's purse. Levitt wanted the cheque early but Warren, as Lueshing's licensed manager with the Board of Control, refused and delivered his RSVP. "He approached me over Kevin's money. There was a brief exchange of words and he challenged me to hit him on the chin, so I did," said Warren. Lueshing was disturbed by the tussle, and considered pulling out of the bout, but eventually decided to fight on. In London's York Hall last night, Barking's Colin McMillan lost his British featherweight title, and probably the chance for a big-money fight with Prince Naseem Hamed, when Paul Ingle, of Scarborough, stopped him in the eighth round. The 24-year-old was too strong for McMillan who chose to trade blows in the centre of the ring instead of relying on his boxing skills.