Now that’s a big fight out
BOOZED-UP kickboxers fought an unscheduled bout with American telly wrestlers – in a posh hotel lobby.
Terrified guests dived for cover as the fighters squared up after a martial arts show, sending feet, fists and glasses flying.
They watched amazed as the boxers lashed out with a flurry of acrobatic spinning kicks and punches, while the touring grapplers hurled their opponents around the reception hall.
Ex-world kickboxing champ Kash “The Flash” Gill – 6ft 3in and 11st 6lb – claimed he was dragged around in a headlock by 22st, 6ft 5in wrestler Dave “Demon of the Deep” Bautista, 36.
One boxer was thrown over a table full of drinks and another over a baggage trolley before the row spilled outside.
A car park security barrier was smashed before police broke up Sunday’s midnight fight at the Hilton Hotel at Birmingham’s NEC complex.
The punch-up followed a kickboxing exhibition match for 500 guests, organised by 37-year-old Kash.
He said: “It had been a great night, but one of our tables was a bit rowdy after having too much to drink. In reception one of our blokes accidentally bumped into one wrestler and said sorry straight away.
“The wrestler said, ‘You will be’ and it all kicked off. The wrestlers were all giants and three of them had one of our blokes on the floor.
Kash … held hotel bash
“I ran out to try to calm things down, but next thing I knew one wrestler had me in an armlock and was throwing me around like a doll.
“Somone told him I was a kickboxing champ and he backed off. But it was quite nasty with a couple of bloody noses and ripped shirts and T-shirts all over the lobby.
“It was probably the boozers on our side who started it, but the wrestlers didn’t use their strengths in a professional way and were out of order.”
One hotel worker said: “It was mayhem for about 15 minutes. The boxers were saying wrestling was fake and that the big guys couldn’t fight – so they just grabbed them.”
A World Wrestling Entertainment spokesman said: “Our guys were checking in when the boxers began making remarks. They weren’t happy.”
Police confirmed officers were sent. A spokesman said: “We sorted it out without any arrests.”