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Security pounce on man attempting to crash Air Canada Centre boxing match

Last Updated May 19, 2018 at 11:57 pm EDT

An Ontario boxing commission official tries to remove a fan from the ring during a fight on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack boxing card at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. A spokesman for the promoter said the spectator had over-imbibed and, thinking the bout was boring, wanted to liven it up by getting into the ring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

A fight on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack boxing card at the Air Canada Centre was briefly interrupted Saturday night when a man tried to force his way into the ring.

He was overpowered at one corner of the ring and taken away. Social media footage showed him hanging onto the bottom rope as an Ontario boxing commission official tried to pry his hands away.

A spokesman for the promoter said the spectator had over-imbibed and, thinking the bout was boring, wanted to liven it up by getting into the ring.

He paid a price, with co-promoter Lee Baxter joining others in dragging him forcefully to the floor.

The incident happened in the eighth round of the welterweight bout between Mikael Zewski of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Diego Gonzalez Luque.

The bout eventually paused with both fighters and the referee looking down in disbelief as the attempted ring invader was dealt with. It resumed soon after.