01:32AM, Wednesday 28 December 2011
A community boxing coach has spoken of his relief after being cleared of assault.
Matt Flavell, of Aldwick Drive, was found not guilty of ABH at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday last week.
The 28-year-old who runs Boxing Evolution had been accused of attacking a man who had helped him organise an event at a nightclub in Reading in 2009.
The former Desborough pupil said he had acted in self-defence after rowing with the man about the type of music being played at the club.
Matt, whose classes at the Royals Gym in Queen Street aim to help turn around the lives of young males caught up in gang, gun and knife crime, said the prospect of prison had been a constant worry.
He added: "I have made such big progress with Boxing Evolution getting into schools and youth offender teams and my own classes and personal training are running really well so to have this potentially ruining it all was really depressing.
"But now it is behind me and I can focus on the positives again."
Matt, who fights under the name 'Flavell Flave', started Boxing Evolution about two years ago with a donation from the Prince's Trust.
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