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Boxing riot leaves 18 dead in Indonesia

ESPN staff
July 15, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

At least 18 people were trampled to death as spectators fled a riot after a home-town boxer lost on the judges' scorecards in Indonesia.

Yulianus Pigome was beaten on points by Alvius Rumkorem at the Kota Lama Sport Stadium in the town of Nabire in Papua province, prompting Pigome's supporters to throw their chairs at the judges as the result was announced.

Around 1,500 spectators rushed from the arena as Rumkorem's supporters retaliated, and the victims - including 12 women - were caught in the stampede as crowds descended on the exits from the stadium.

Lt. Col. Gede Sumerta Jaya, police spokesman in Papua province, said more than 40 other spectators were hospitalised in the crush as police and soldiers were deployed to end the riot.

Nabire is located on Cendrawasih Bay on the north coast of Papua, around 2,000 miles east of Jakarta.

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