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Council’s boxing regulations following death of Great Yarmouth boxer could be shared nationally

PUBLISHED: 19:27 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:27 06 March 2018

Jakub Moczyk, 22, died after he was knocked down at the Atlantis Arena. Photo: Archant Library

Jakub Moczyk, 22, died after he was knocked down at the Atlantis Arena. Photo: Archant Library

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The council which introduced new boxing licence regulations following the death of Great Yarmouth boxer Jacob Moczyk is looking to share its measures with other councils across the country.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is contacting venues that host any form of boxing matches under the terms of their premises licence under relegated activity about the new regulations.

The venues will have to provide the council a risk assessment at least 21 days ahead of any fight with the assessment approved before any bout goes ahead.

A statement from the council said: “The council could stop an event taking place if the risk assessment is not up to its satisfaction, but we would first seek to work positively with venues and promoters before doing this.

“The council has already provided premises licence holders with user-friendly guidance detailing the type of information expected to be covered in a risk assessment for boxing.

“In addition, the council is working actively to share its best practice with other local authorities across the country.”

In November Mr Moczyk, 22, and known as Kuba, died in hospital two days after he 
suffered a head injury following an unlicensed fight at the 
Atlantis Arena.

In a statement, Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jakub Moczyk, and the council has an ongoing health and safety investigation in relation to this matter.

“While boxing is an inherently risky sport, the council is working to standardise the regulation of all boxing events at all licensed premises in the borough, where this is permitted as a Regulated Activity, in order to help ensure that minimum health and safety standards are met and that risk 
is minimised.

“This would not remove the duty on the premises licence holder and event promotor under the Health and Safety at Work Act, but would help to ensure the council has adequate advanced notice of boxing events and the opportunity to work with venues and promoters to ensure they have considered in advance all the health and safety considerations to the satisfaction of the council.”

The inquest into Mr Moczyk’s death returned a verdict of misadventure.

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