Ross Burkinshaw’s hunger for more titles was satisfied last night when he landed the vacant WBO European bantamweight title - but the evening was marred by astonishing and sickening scenes of crowd trouble.
Burkinshaw beat Belgian Benjamin Smoes with a first round stoppage at Sheffield’s Octagon Centre.
It was Burkinshaw’s fifth straight win, and it followed his win over Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham last September for the Commonwealth championship.
The win moves the vastly-improving scrapper a W14 L5 D2 record.
But security at Octagon was over-run as supporters of Sheffield super bantam Uzair ‘The Nightmare’ Najib, 23, and Muheeb ‘Flashy’ Fazeldin, 22 stormed into the ring, moments after Fazeldin had stopped his rival.
Punches were thrown between rival factions, as the ring announcer and promoter Dennis Hobson appealed for calm.
The disgraceful scenes went on for only a couple of minutes, but they brought shame on an otherwise superb night of boxing.
Fazeldin had stopped Najib in the first round, to win the Central Arena title.
It was the chief support match, but the scenes after it was over were completely unacceptable.
Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor (previously W15 L0 D1) stopped Georgian George Kandelaki.
And there were wins for all other Sheffield boxers, other than Pharys Nassa, who was also KO’d in the first round.