Boxers who took part in a charity boxing event where a man died had concerns about the “heavy and wet” gloves they had to use on the night, an inquest heard.

Competitors were also unhappy about the medical set-up at the event and some of the match-ups between boxers of different weights.

An inquest is ongoing into the death of Dominic Chapman, who died aged 26 in hospital after fighting at an Ultra White Collar Boxing event at Tramps nightclub in Worcester on April 9 last year.

Worcestershire Coroners Court in Stourport has been hearing evidence on the circumstances surrounding Mr Chapman’s death since Tuesday, May 14 and this morning (Monday, May 20) heard from four boxers who took part in the event.

They said competitors had to supply their own gloves, headguards and mouthguards during training sessions leading up the event.

But on the night itself, equipment was provided by the organisers.

Craig Johnson, who fought in one of the bouts on the night, told coroner David Reid: “I was concerned that the medical bay was a seating area in the corner of a nightclub. It didn’t look the most sterile place.”

He said the boxing gloves he was given to use looked “a bit old and tired” and were heavy with sweat from previous fighters.

Josh Bennett, who also took part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing event, said he went on to fight in an amateur boxing match several weeks afterwards and found the medical tests to be “like night and day - a lot more in-depth”.

He said the gloves he was given had been “heavy and wet” and his hand wraps had not been checked by the referee.

Asked by Mr Reid if this is something he would have expected to happen, Mr Bennett said: “Usually, your gloves are left at the side of the ring until the referee has checked your hands - this was not the case with Ultra White Collar Boxing.

“It’s for protection. It has happened in professional boxing. People have loaded their wraps and caused injuries.”

The court heard from both Chris Bedford and Luke Aldington, who raised concerns with organisers on the night that the wrong weights had been published for them on the fight card.

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The two men believed there to be a 20kg difference in weight between them, but the fight card showed only a 6kg difference.

Mr Bedford said the organiser “just fobbed it off”, telling them: “Don’t worry, the weights won’t be read out before the fight.”

Mr Bedford also said he had to adjust his headguard “half a dozen times at least” during his fight, while the bout had to be stopped twice for his opponent’s headguard to be put right by either the referee or his corner.

“This happened with other fights during the night as well,” he said.

The inquest continues.