Attacker jailed after TV boxing match assault

An attacker has been jailed for punching another man as they watched a boxing match in a Chesterfield town centre bar.

The assault took place in Yates Wine Lodge where victim Richard Crossley (22) was with friends, some of whom knew the assailant, Christopher Stanfield (25).

They were watching a world heavyweight title fight between David Haye and Vladimir Klitschko at 11.20pm when Stanfield, known as “Stanners”, tapped Mr Crossley’s shoulder from behind.

“As he turned around he was struck and knocked to the floor. As he was falling he says the defendant kicked out at him,” Bill Taylor, prosecuting, told town magistrates. “The defendant then made himself scarce with a female and was identified from a CCTV camera at the exit by a police officer who knew him.” Mr Crossley stated: “It was about the final round and we were all cheering Haye on. I was at the bar ordering drinks and I felt a sharp blow to my face. Blood was running down my face and onto my hands.”

Mr Crossley, who suffered a large cut to his eyebrow, added: “I didn’t provoke him or do anything to deserve this.”

Stanfield, of St John’s Close, Walton, admitted the July 2 assault. He had a previous conviction for disorder. He was jailed for 26 weeks.

“He can remember almost nothing about the incident because he had had too much to drink,” said Jon Barber, for Stanfield.

“He is very much a Jekyll and Hyde character. He is gentle when sober and prone to being aggressive in drink.”

Mr Barber said Stanfield had become depressed after losing his job as a welder.