Boxer Joey Ainscough's career ended by street stabbing
A PROMISING city boxer almost died after he was stabbed while trying to stop a street fight.
Rising star Joey Ainscough, known as The Kirkdale Kid, suffered horrific injuries when he was knifed repeatedly in Walton last weekend.
The 29-year-old former ABA champion said his injuries mean he has been forced to retire from the sport.
He suffered a punctured bowel, bladder and rectum during the incident in Harlech street.
Today Mr Ainscough relived his nightmare ordeal.
He told the ECHO: “I thought I was dead on the spot. I couldn’t believe the pain.
“I had been having a few drinks with my mates to celebrate Everton getting into the FA Cup final and we ended up on County Road.
“We’d just been in Orry’s when we saw a scuffle. I went over and tried to stop these two lads fighting and someone threw a punch at me so I tried to defend myself.
“We were outside and I was speaking to one of the lads and another came out of nowhere with this big knife and put it through me twice from behind.
“I will never be allowed to fight again now because of a scum-bag who carries a knife. But I’m just glad to be alive.
“If it wasn’t for the surgeons, doctors and nurses here at the Royal and the support of my family and friends I don’t think I’d have made it.”
A Merseyside Police spokesman confirmed the were investigating an assault.
He said: “At around 4am officers were called to Harlech Street to reports of an altercation between a group of men.
“They found a 29-year-old man with stab wounds to his lower body. The victim, who is from the Bootle area, was taken to hospital where his condition is described as not life-threatening.
“A 21-year-old man who is also from the Kirkdale area suffered a cut to his lip, believed to have been caused by a bottle, during the incident.”
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