Boxing fans brawl behind Eddie Hearn as he’s left devastated by Harry Kane miss
Boxing fans threw punches while Eddie Hearn watched England crash out of the World Cup on Saturday night.
Josh Warrington faced Luis Alberto Lopez in a featherweight title fight in Leeds. But supporters who had turned up to watch the event observed England’s quarter-final clash with France intently on a big screen beforehand.
Footage posted by iFL TV on YouTube shows Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn, who acted as the boxing event's promoter, watching the game at a decisive moment. Background commentary indicated that the footage was recorded in the build-up to Harry Kane’s second penalty, which he ended up blazing over the bar.
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A nervous looking Hearn could be heard saying “Come on. Let’s go! ” before adding “Come on Harry, big balls son!” But the promoter was left with a look of anguish after the miss as he covered his face in disbelief.
It marked an opportunity for England to equalise for a second time, having done so earlier in the match with Kane’s first penalty. But while Hearn was stunned and England fell short of their World Cup dreams, a brawl could shockingly be seen taking place in the stands behind him.
Fans in the crowd were seen pushing and shoving each other prior to the spot-kick being taken. And in a remarkable metaphor for the scenes in Qatar, it all suddenly descended into chaos after Kane missed.
The rowdy fans were spotted exchanging a number of punches back and forth. The violence finally appeared to calm down after around 15 seconds as the two conflicting groups were pulled apart.
Those in attendance would go on to face another blow on the night as Leeds-born Warrington lost his IBF title to Lopez on points. The 32-year-old failed to defend his belt in a close fight against the Mexican despite a strong finish, having been overwhelmed earlier.
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