01:08AM, Thursday 06 June 2013
Punters were left stunned and angry on Saturday when a boxing night featuring a public appearance by David Haye collapsed at the last moment.
The appearance of the former WBA heavyweight champion at the event, at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, was considered a major coup for the town but the night descended into farce after payment issues led to Haye, the competing boxers and even the referee walking away.
The show was cancelled after the I'm a Celebrity star turned up on time outside the building, but his agent entered the venue and announced Haye would not be coming in after finding there was no money for payment.
Matt Flavell, of Queen Street-based Boxing Evolution, was involved in the organisation and publicising of the event but said a representative of the promoters behind the show, WCBC Boxing, was not there with the money needed when it came to the crunch.
He added: "To the fans, I can only apologise. I'm extremely sorry to anyone who was let down."
The Magnet was only acting as the event's venue but centre manager Chris Hall said he understood the cancellation involved issues with payment and added he was 'really disappointed' to be let down by the promoters.
The problems have cast doubts over the future of boxing events at the Holmanleaze centre and fans have been left wondering how they will be refunded.
WCBC Boxing could not be contacted.