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Mum says young Yarmouth boxer would still be alive if he’d known referee was opponent’s trainer

PUBLISHED: 14:32 15 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 15 October 2017

Jolanta Smigaj, mother of Kuba Moczyk outside Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court. Picture: David Hannant

Jolanta Smigaj, mother of Kuba Moczyk outside Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court. Picture: David Hannant

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A young boxer who died due to injuries suffered in his first fight would still be alive had he been made aware of one vital fact - his mother said after his inquest.

Kuba Moczyk with sister Magdalena. Picture: Magdalena Moczyk Kuba Moczyk with sister Magdalena. Picture: Magdalena Moczyk

After hearing evidence for four days, a jury at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Great Yarmouth returned the conclusion that 22-year-old Jakub ‘Kuba’ Moczyk’s death was by misadventure.

Mr Moczyk, who died on November 21, 2016, had been competing in an unlicensed event at the Tower Complex in Great Yarmouth when opponent Irvidas Juskys knocked him unconscious.

Speaking after the hearing, his mother, Jolanta Smigaj, said she believes had her son known his match would be officiated by his opponent’s coach, he would not have competed to begin with.

She said: “My son never knew that. I don’t think Kuba would have got into the ring to fight, knowing that the referee was his opponent’s trainer.”

Kuba Moczyk, 22, who died after a boxing match in Great Yarmouth in November 2016. Picture: Magdalena Moczyk Kuba Moczyk, 22, who died after a boxing match in Great Yarmouth in November 2016. Picture: Magdalena Moczyk

“Many things went wrong [at the event], many mistakes were made. This is not the end and we are looking forward.”

The inquest heard Mr 
Moczyk’s opponent was just 17 at the time.

On concluding the inquest, senior coroner Jacqueline Lake voiced serious concerns over the type of event Mr Moczyk had been taking part in.

She said: “That such a high risk event could be held with no set regulations and no governing body - and that people under the age of 18 could take part is incredible and very concerning.”

Ms Lake also ordered a report to prevent possible future deaths in respect of Lifeshield Medical Services, which provided ringside medics at the event, describing the firm’s approach to their role as “relaxed”, noting that not every boxer on the night had received a full medical examination.

She added: “I feel their role within the sport is so important and I do feel they must be very proactive when it comes to a decision whether someone should fight or whether someone should continue to fight.”

On giving evidence for a second time, Andrew Cawlard of the firm said the medic could only guide officials and promoters, and that the final call on whether a fight continues was not the medic’s.

Mr Moczyk’s twin sister Magdalena earlier told the hearing the event was” a total nightmare”.

She said: “Nobody seemed to be in charge or responsible.

“Kuba didn’t recover. He wasn’t given any chance.”

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