A TEENAGE boxer has been banned from fighting because he has a 'banned' surname.
Aspiring boxer Brian McDonagh, 16, of Pear Tree Avenue, Yiewsley has become the innocent victim of an ongoing feud between two traveller families.
Two Saturday's ago a mass brawl broke out at popular boxing venue York Hall in Bethnal Green, which was attributed to a feud between the extensive McDonagh and Coyle families.
As a result the London Amateur Boxing Association decided to suspend all fight cards for boxers with the surnames McDonagh and Coyle.
Angry father Charles McDonagh believes his son is unjustly being allowed to take part in the sport he loves.
"It's an outrage, whether you are English, Irish, or Asian, a surname has nothing to do with it.
"My son wasn't at Bethnal Green that Saturday and has never even been there.
"He has just lost three kilos for a fight he was due to have this weekend, my son's nothing to do with trouble, I set him up with boxing to keep him out of trouble."
Brian McDonagh, who fights at a weight of 48 kilos, has recently taken part in the schoolboy championships going to the wire for victory and has a host of medals and trophies to show for his achievements.
Keith Walters, regional secretary of the London ABA told the Gazette that the brawl in central London left them with no choice but to suspend the fight cards.
"This feud has been going on for three years, and the fight was a fight out of hell.
"It spilled onto the street and police are investigating it.
"Its a disappointment we have had to do this but he had no choice, I understand there are boys who have trained hard for this, but there is a danger to spectators and we cannot allow that.
"I have been in boxing for 30 years and never seen anything like it.
"We are hoping to get the two families together for intermediary talks, and hopefully we can sort this out, but all fight cards have been withdrawn until further notice."
For Brian's father however, this is not satisfactory.
Charles McDonagh said: "He may miss another fight this weekend, its a blow and its not right, it must be against the law to ban somebody because of their surname."