Ex-boxer in pub row after being refused service

Courts: Reports from the law courts.
Courts: Reports from the law courts.

A FORMER professional boxer who overturned a pool table during a pub row has been ordered to pay compensation by Chesterfield magistrates.

Former ABA cruiserweight champion Mark Krence - once nicknamed the “Boxing Butcher” - turned pro in 2000 and twice challenged for the British heavyweight title.

The ex butcher and building worker has since appeared in court for offences of threatening behaviour and failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court that Krence was refused service following a row with customers in the Boythorpe Inn on May 22.

She said: “He was asked to leave and he wasn’t very happy about that.

“He attempted to throw a punch at the landlord and he then walked across to the pool table and overturned it before leaving.

“The licensee followed him and pointed him out to police.”

Krence, unemployed, of Station Road, Whittington Moor, admitted damaging property.

The 34-year-old was given a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £400 compensation.

He must also foot the bill for £85 in costs.

His solicitor, Annette Thomas, said he had seen his “on-off” girlfriend and her family before the offence and they had been abusive towards him.

“He should have walked away but he ended up getting into an argument.

“He apologises for his actions.

“He was told the table was put back in place and people were using it again straight away,” said Mrs Thomas.

She said that the landlord mentioned by the prosecution had since left the pub.

The court was told that Krence was planning to move to Grimsby where he had an offer of work.