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Boxer’s Battling Mom Whacks Opponent With Stiletto Shoe

September 22, 1989

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) _ Boxer Tony Wilson won his fight in three rounds Thursday night after his mother climbed into the ring and hit his opponent over the head with her stiletto shoe.

Opponent Steve McCarthy left the ring with blood seeping from a head wound as security officers ushered Mrs. Minna Wilson away.

When McCarthy refused to return, referee Adrian Morgan raised Wilson’s arms in victory, declaring McCarthy had retired.

Uproar broke out among the 1,000 spectators at The Guildhall in this south English port, where the British light heavyweight title eliminator fight between local boy McCarthy and Wilson was being staged.

The furious crowd kicked and punched Wilson before he escaped to a dressing room, sheltered by his trainer and manager Jimmy Tibbs.

″The first thing I saw was my mum in the ring, and then everything went wild,″ said Wilson, from Wolverhampton, central England.

″She has been watching my fights for years and nothing like this has happened before.″

Police reinforcements were sent, but no one was arrested and no one was reported injured.

The British domestic news agency Press Association quoted an unidentified senior police officer as saying: ″We sent a large number of police officers when the problems first arose, but thankfully the people there calmed down.″

Wilson later said the uproar was worse than the Hagler-Minter fight at in London in September 1980, when American Marvin Hagler was bombarded with bar glasses after taking the World Middleweight title from Britain’s Alan Minter in one of the worst scenes in British sporting history.

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