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Coroner's unease after boxer Jakub Moczyk died in unlicensed bout

By Sam Russell

A coroner has voiced concerns about unlicensed boxing as a jury concluded the death of a young fighter who was knocked unconscious in his first bout was misadventure.

Jakub Moczyk (22), known to his friends and family as Kuba, was rendered unconscious by a punch to the head during the third round of his first public fight at the Atlantis Tower Arena in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

He died from his injuries in hospital two days later on November 21, 2016.

Mr Moczyk's twin sister Magdalena earlier told the four-day hearing at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Great Yarmouth that medical cover was lacking.

"It was a total nightmare. Nobody seemed to be in charge or responsible," she said.

"Kuba didn't recover. He wasn't given any chance." The inquest heard unlicensed boxing events were legal, but there were no minimum standards.

Mr Moczyk's opponent, Irvidas Juskys, was 17 at the time

Coroner Jaqueline Lake said: "A number of issues have been raised by the evidence heard at this inquest, not least that such a high-risk event can be held where there's no set regulation and no set governing body.

"And the fact that youngsters under 18 can take part is even more concerning."

She ordered a report to prevent possible future deaths in respect of Lifeshield Medical Services, which provided ringside medics at the event.

Ms Lake added the firm had taken a "relaxed approach to their role", and noted not every boxer had a medical examination on the night.

Mr Moczyk took a heavy blow in the third round and his head went back, but he raised his arms to the referee to indicate he could continue.

Seconds later he took a blow to the head and was knocked out.

Ms Lake said there should be a medical examination rather than relying on a non-medically qualified person to decide whether someone continues to box.

Norfolk Police said no action was being pursued and nobody had behaved "recklessly".

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