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CRIME: Martial arts star attacked in pub
WORLD karate star Clifton Findley had part of his ear bitten off when a brawl broke out in a Peterborough pub.
The 6ft 3ins tall former world champion said today that he did not throw punches back when he found himself out-numbered by a gang of eight men.
Mr Findley (37) was kicked, punched and knocked to the floor during the melee in the Solstice pub in New Road.
One of the men then sat on him, and someone else bit a chunk out of his left ear.
Mr Findley, who still competes in kick-boxing bouts and holds martial arts classes in Peterborough, said trouble broke out in the early hours of Saturday after he had been talking to city boxing promoter Kevin Sanders, who had earlier hosted a sportsman's dinner in the Tara Suite, above the pub.
Mr Findley, a father-of-five, said it was after he finished his conversation with Mr Sanders, and turned away, that the group of men started punching and kicking him.
He said: "These people obviously thought I was about to have a fight, and they jumped on me.
"There were kicks and punches from all directions and they got me on the floor. I didn't throw any punches myself because I would have got 10 in return, so I curled up in a ball to protect myself – I know how to do that because of my training.
"My ear bled quite a lot, and I had to go to hospital. I've been told that it will never be the same.
"I've lost about 10 per cent off the side of the ear. It's horrible for my kids – they are really upset it happened."
Mr Sanders said he did not see the fight start.
Mr Findley won the World Union of Martial Arts (WUMA) title in 1998 and the World Karate Association (WKA) title in the same year at a tournament in Canada.
He was voted the Evening Telegraph's Sports Personality of the Year in 2001 and has coached the British kickboxing team.
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