Ex-boxing champ in court

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 former 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 magistrates that Krence (34) was refused service following a row with customers in the Boythorpe Inn on May 22.

“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,” said Mrs Griffiths.

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

He was given a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £400 compensation, with £85 costs.

His solicitor, Annette Thomas, said: “

“He should have walked away but he ended up getting into an argument. He apologises for his actions.”