January 05, 2010

Gloves are off between BNP and UKIP in Barking general election race

An outspoken boxing promoter from Chislehurst has challenged BNP leader Nick Griffin to a charity boxing match in the run-up to the general election.

Boxing manager Frank Maloney is standing for UKIP in Barking at the next election - the same east London constituency being contested by controversial British National Party boss Nick Griffin. Mr Maloney says the winner of the bout should step aside and let the other have a “clear race” with the Labour MP Margaret Hodge.

Both men have competed in the ring before with MEP Mr Griffin donning boxing gloves and earning a boxing blue at Cambridge University. The 50-year-old represented the university against Oxford three years running, losing the first year on points before winning the next two with first round stoppages.

Meanwhile, Mr Maloney has competed in 69 amateur fights and says the contest could raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The 55-year-old said: "This is a serious offer I am making to Griffin. BNP members have made it clear on internet forums that I shouldn't stand in Barking. If they don't want me, let Griffin beat me out of the general election in a charity boxing match to be staged in the constituency. We would both nominate a local charity and the money raised would go to the organisation nominated by the winner. The loser of our fight should suffer and be forced to step down from standing at the general election.”

He added: "That would leave the winner in a clear race with Margaret Hodge for the seat in the Houses of Parliament."

News Shopper has contacted Nick Griffin’s office for a response to the challenge and is awaiting a reply.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OH I do so love the idea of this one.

Please can I have a ring side seat, but hold on, once the UKIP chappie has well and truly thrased Griffin, it would only be right and fair that Hodge then steps in the ring to fight for her place.

Now of course the ref will have to make sure she understands the Queensbury rules, cos word is she is a real dirty fighter, but once they have been explained and understood I think we would see a good fight.

UKIP may even have to go 5/6 rounds, which will be better that the 1 round with Griffin, but at the end of it the 2 that could do the most damage to Barking would be out cold and UKIP would be left standing, wont know what to do, but unable to do the amount of damage the others would.