Moment punches are thrown as mass brawl breaks out at Copper Box Arena boxing match

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Crowd trouble marred the boxing in east London last night after a mass brawl broke out when Asinia Byfield defeated fan favourite Sam McNess.

The unsavoury scenes at the Copper Box Arena reportedly started as Byfield celebrated his impressive victory in the ring.

A significant portion of the crowd is believed have been made up of West Ham supporters, from whom McNess has a huge backing.

Video footage emerged on social media showing a number of people in the crowd throwing punches as stewards tried to gain control of the situation.

People in the crowd took to Twitter to describe the “carnage”.

Others on Twitter condemned the behaviour, as there were fears that children and woman were caught up, and reports of bottles being thrown and chairs being used as weapons.

Byfield made a quick exit from the ring as the trouble continued and the ring announcer at the Stratford venue pleaded with the fans to calm down.

The scenes died down about 20 minutes later and the night’s boxing resumed.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed officers were called to a disturbance at about 10am.

He added: “Officers dealt with the situation. There were no serious injuries and no arrests were made.”

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