Askin taken to hospital after ring fall drama

Askin - fell out of ring
Askin - fell out of ring
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St Annes boxer Matty Askin was taken to hospital after his English cruiserweight title defence in London against Lawrence Bennett ended in dramtaic style in the first round with both fighters toppling out of the ring.

Askin needed medical attention and a stretcher was called to carry him away, though thankfully any injuries that he sustained were not thought to be serious.

Talking from the ambulance, Askin’s manager Paul Speak said: “He’s ok, but we can’t say more about any injury because we are on the way to the hospital right now.”

The contest at York Hall, Bethnal Green was declared a draw and Askin retained his title.

Askin and Bennett appeared to collide on the ropes and both hurtled to the floor.

This sparked chaotic scenes and some fans of Askin were reported to have got into the ring in appparent attempt to reach Bennett, who was whisked away to the dressing room by security men,

Earlier in that fateful, eventful first round, Askin had touched down on to the canvas, but the referee ruled that it was a slip and not a genuine knockdown.