Henry Wharton seriously injured following traveller fight
44-year old former undefeated European, British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Henry Wharton is in hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a car following a fight between travellers.
Wharton, who unsuccessfully challenged Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Robin Reid for their world titles is understood to have gotten involved in a pre-arranged fight between traveller families around teatime on Saturday. Witnesses say up to 15 people were involved in the incident.
"I was told that one of the people involved was a male youth and hid in an outbuilding, and asked one of the neighbours to get him a taxi and get him out of there. When the neighbour refused to do so unless he told them his name, the youth ran off across some fields." said a local witness.
“They said he had a wound which looked like a knife wound on his arm, quite a big gash that was bleeding. While he was hiding there were a couple of cars going up and down the road with people hanging out looking for someone. It sounds like quite a serious thing.”
Wharton is in York hospital, with serious head and spinal injuries following the incident. Police have arrested a 35-year-old male who since been freed on bail pending further enquiries.
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