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Boxer's career ended by jail term for brawl

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 03, 2012

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A professional boxer has been jailed for a street attack after a judge branded him as a disgrace to his sport.

Lewis Browning left victim Jason Chidgey with a broken jaw after knocking him unconscious with a left-right combination outside a night club.

Browning, 22, is a professional boxer who fights at super bantamweight. He has won five of his seven bouts and been promoted by top manager Frank Maloney.

His career is now in ruins after he was jailed for 20 months, a sentence which means he will automatically lose his professional licence.

Browning, of Wilford Road, Exeter, admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm outside the Arena club in Summerfield Street, Exeter in March and was jailed by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.

The judge told him: "As a professional, boxer you know the damage you can do and it brings shame to professional boxing if you lose your temper and attack people in public places at night."

Alex Allsop, said Browning argued with Mr Chidgey inside the Arena club when the victim told him to stop pestering a woman who was in his party.

They squared up inside but were separated and ejected by bouncers and Browning then followed the other man and appeared at first to be walking past him. He showed the judge CCTV footage of Browning turning suddenly and landing two punches on Mr Chidgey, who did not have time to defend himself, and continuing the attack when he was unconscious on the ground.

Mr Allsop said: "The victim suffered a fractured jaw which needed surgery to insert a plate.

"He had three teeth removed. The operation was not successful and he needed a second one.

"He could not eat solid food for two months and still suffers from numbness to the jaw. He was traumatised and needed counselling. He had been due to start a new job but was unable to do so."

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