VIDEO | NSFW – Bare-knuckle boxer and Irish Gypsy, Paddy Doherty stops traffic in street fight

September 1, 2016 3:57 pm by Russell Ess

Former bare-knuckle boxer Paddy Doherty is well known for starring in reality tv shows such as, “My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.”

However, the 57-year-old Irish Traveller is also known for throwing down in the streets.

In 2012, Doherty, who was 52 at the time got into a crazy street fight with his cousin, Johnny Joyce who was a much younger 23-year-old at the time of the fight.

The two started fighting in the parking lot outside of PC World in Machester and ended up in the streets causing traffic to stop as the two rivaled family members went toe-to-toe.

The two families have had a history of bad blood and had already gotten into numerous altercations with one fight being well known of after a family funeral took place in 2010.

This fight broke out after Doherty and Joyce ran into each other while Doherty was out jogging. In the street fight with no rules, Joyce even went as far as to bite part of the ear off Doherty, according to the Manchester Evening News. Doherty’s ear had to be surgically reattached.

Paddy says that he was snubbed by some of his family after being featured on reality television shows such as “Celebrity Big Brother 8” and became famous in his own right.

The brawl that spilled onto the streets of Manchester ended up getting Doherty, Joyce, and Joyce’s brother Dougie who caught the fight on video all in court.

Doherty “admitted affray and was given a suspended sentence in an earlier hearing,” according to the Machester Evening News.

Doherty was sentenced to 51 weeks in jail – suspended for two years. In a report by the Mirror, Judge Martin Steiger QC said in Doherty’s sentencing, “I am persuaded that this is a case where a sentence of imprisonment is called for. Those who fight in public places should be punished but there is significant mitigation in your case to suspend the sentence.”

During the sentencing of Joyce, Judge Martin Steiger QC said, “Quite apart from traffic being held up and members of the public being frightened, its clear that Doherty received by far the worse injury.

“His ear was nearly bitten off by Joyce, it is, in is my view preposterous to say that the act could have in any way related to self-defence, furthermore, Doherty was more than twice Johnny’s age.”

Johnny Joyce was sentenced to 15 months in prison while his brother Dougie was served 150 hours of community service as part of a 12-month community order and was also fined.

Unsanctioned fights such as this one between Paddy Doherty and Johnny Joyce are against the law and ended up with consequences served in the court of law.


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