Video shows fight involving cagefighter Damon Wright who killed Southampton dad Kevin Wyeth

Daily Echo: VIDEO: The cagefighter who killed a Southampton dad in fighting action VIDEO: The cagefighter who killed a Southampton dad in fighting action

Footage has emerged of killer cage fighter Damon Wright in action - just a day after he was jailed for 10 years for the manslaughter of a Southampton dad.

It comes as the grieving family of victim Kevin Wyeth  call for the sport to be regulated – or even banned.

The footage shows Wright, with his hair in a Mohican style - in a fight in which he is beaten.

Speaking after he was jailed for ten years, they said those practising the brutal sport should be vetted to avoid violent criminals taking it up.

A trial at Winchester Crown Court heard how Wright followed dad-of-three Kevin Wyeth down an alleyway between Defender Road and Tankerville Road, in Southampton, wearing his martial arts gloves and with his hood up.

He then punched the newly appointed Saints groundsman, pictured below, with such “severe force” his face shattered and his brain was “significantly damaged”.

Daily Echo: Kevin Wyeth

The injuries were so bad Kevin had to be identified by his fingerprints after being found dead in the alleyway last August.

During his trial Wright, who is trained in eight martial arts disciplines, admitted he delivered the killer blows, saying he threw w i t h “everything”he had.

Yesterday he was jailed for ten years after jurors cleared him of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter.

Daily Echo: (L-r) Kevin Wyeth's father Kevin, mother Linda Timberlake and brother Dean

Kevin Wyeth's family

Passing sentence, Judge Guy Boney QC dubbed cage fighting as a “savage activity where anything goes”, adding it appealed to Wright because he was “a man of violence”.

He said: “It was a sustained attack in an isolated location.

Your victim never stood a chance.”

Wright, 32, pictured below, a scaffolder, of no fixed address, admitted he had a short fuse and that he had lost his temper when he didn’t get his own way.

Daily Echo:

Over the past decade Wright has notched up a catalogue of convictions for beatings and assaults on men, women, children – and even an unborn baby.

With such a violent background, Kevin's family are amazed he was allowed to practise cage fighting, which they believe turned his fists into lethal weapons.

They are now calling on the controversial sport to be better regulated.

Daily Echo:

Damon Wright's boxing glove

Dad Kevin said: “With any other martial arts you have to have a licence. He should never have been able to join a club.”

Along with mum Linda Timberlake, he feels it should even be banned.

Linda said: “You can’t justify the fact that people are willing to break arms and go unconscious. It’s laughable.”

In mitigation, the court heard how Wright had never intended to kill or even carry out an assault and had written a letter to the judge outlining his acknowledgment of the loss of life he caused and the impact on Kevin’s family.

What is cagefighting?

IT’S been tagged “human cockfighting” and there are regular calls for it to be banned.

But mixed martial arts (MMA), or cage fighting as it’s more commonly known, is a rapidly growing sport.

As the name suggests, MMA is a blend of different forms of martial arts.

It combines boxing, kickboxing, jujitsu and wrestling, resulting in what its supporters say is a far more realistic form of fighting than other martial arts.

Bouts take place in the same sorts of venues as boxing matches and big cash prizes are becoming increasingly available.

Hampshire-based cagefighting coach Michael McGarry said he felt “sadness for the family” but defended cage fighting, insisting that the sport should not be blamed for the violence of Wright, inset.

He said: “In my personal opinion cage fighting is good for violent people.

“I have coached some people who have calmed down an awful lot.

“You are always going to have someone who is going to misuse it, like people who drive fast in cars,” he said.

Mr McGarry also said it would be difficult to check people’s criminal records through a vetting process and claimed there was no legalisation that could be used to regulate who could have a licence to practise or not.

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2:05pm Sat 26 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

Not sure this is appropriate, the family are suffering enough.
Not sure this is appropriate, the family are suffering enough. IronLady2010
  • Score: 7

2:46pm Sat 26 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

I think this is in very bad taste and there is no need for it.
Why would any normal, sensible person with children want a cage fighter for a boyfriend/partner anyway that's what gets me, why bring this neanderthal into your life?
I think this is in very bad taste and there is no need for it. Why would any normal, sensible person with children want a cage fighter for a boyfriend/partner anyway that's what gets me, why bring this neanderthal into your life? bigfella777
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Sat 26 Apr 14

itsnotjustice says...

totally agree this is in poor taste , but i watched it and it was good seeing this vile scum get the crap beat out of him...

totally agree with the above comment, why would any decent person with children want a man like this around?????
totally agree this is in poor taste , but i watched it and it was good seeing this vile scum get the crap beat out of him... totally agree with the above comment, why would any decent person with children want a man like this around????? itsnotjustice
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Sat 26 Apr 14

SAINTPAUL007 says...

Manslaughter????????
??????????

This was just plain murder should be locked up for life
Manslaughter???????? ?????????? This was just plain murder should be locked up for life SAINTPAUL007
  • Score: 10

4:14pm Sat 26 Apr 14

nk2gether says...

please do try and remember that this is also someones son and they must be feeling really bad that there son has done this..you cant blame the parents but its not nice having to read all this stuff about there son
please do try and remember that this is also someones son and they must be feeling really bad that there son has done this..you cant blame the parents but its not nice having to read all this stuff about there son nk2gether
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Sat 26 Apr 14

massimoosti says...

Footage has emerged only a day after ?????

I did a Google search ages ago when you first reported the name and watched it.
Footage has emerged only a day after ????? I did a Google search ages ago when you first reported the name and watched it. massimoosti
  • Score: -3

4:51pm Sat 26 Apr 14

SOULJACKER says...

Gay hair cut boxer boy, looks like he has been beaten around the ring anyways, prison will be a treat for him!
Gay hair cut boxer boy, looks like he has been beaten around the ring anyways, prison will be a treat for him! SOULJACKER
  • Score: 5

5:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

freefinker says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I think this is in very bad taste and there is no need for it.
Why would any normal, sensible person with children want a cage fighter for a boyfriend/partner anyway that's what gets me, why bring this neanderthal into your life?
Couldn't agree more .... except for the insult to Neanderthals
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I think this is in very bad taste and there is no need for it. Why would any normal, sensible person with children want a cage fighter for a boyfriend/partner anyway that's what gets me, why bring this neanderthal into your life?[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more .... except for the insult to Neanderthals freefinker
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Nearly an OAP says...

Daily Echo, you have excelled yourself yet again in only two weeks by putting this story up for posts from the public. You, the Editor, should be thoroughly ashamed to stoop so low. Editors past, Rodney Andrews, Roy Wardale to name two, I am sure would be horrified to see how low the Echo has sunk in their quest for sensationalism. I suggest you should seriously think of resigning and let someone with principles take on your job.
Daily Echo, you have excelled yourself yet again in only two weeks by putting this story up for posts from the public. You, the Editor, should be thoroughly ashamed to stoop so low. Editors past, Rodney Andrews, Roy Wardale to name two, I am sure would be horrified to see how low the Echo has sunk in their quest for sensationalism. I suggest you should seriously think of resigning and let someone with principles take on your job. Nearly an OAP
  • Score: 8

9:19pm Sat 26 Apr 14

normal1965 says...

murder should mean life in prison,he will be out in 7 years..omg what is wrong with this country.
murder should mean life in prison,he will be out in 7 years..omg what is wrong with this country. normal1965
  • Score: -1

2:12pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

normal1965 wrote:
murder should mean life in prison,he will be out in 7 years..omg what is wrong with this country.
He wasn't convicted of murder.
[quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: murder should mean life in prison,he will be out in 7 years..omg what is wrong with this country.[/p][/quote]He wasn't convicted of murder. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 3

8:07pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Reality-man says...

Wing nut scum bag. At least those ears will come in handy inside for all the 'friendly' big boys
Wing nut scum bag. At least those ears will come in handy inside for all the 'friendly' big boys Reality-man
  • Score: 0

7:55am Mon 28 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Reality-man wrote:
Wing nut scum bag. At least those ears will come in handy inside for all the 'friendly' big boys
Fun fact: prison rape is not really a thing in this country. Stop watching so much TV, or having so many gay rape fantasies. You'll feel better.
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Wing nut scum bag. At least those ears will come in handy inside for all the 'friendly' big boys[/p][/quote]Fun fact: prison rape is not really a thing in this country. Stop watching so much TV, or having so many gay rape fantasies. You'll feel better. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

9:27am Mon 28 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
normal1965 wrote:
murder should mean life in prison,he will be out in 7 years..omg what is wrong with this country.
He wasn't convicted of murder.
Nope. He should have been though. Plain and simple.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: murder should mean life in prison,he will be out in 7 years..omg what is wrong with this country.[/p][/quote]He wasn't convicted of murder.[/p][/quote]Nope. He should have been though. Plain and simple. camerajuan
  • Score: 0

4:34pm Mon 28 Apr 14

nk2gether says...

I believe he will serve 6 yrs before parole and then if he gets parole the rest of the time ie 4yrs + 3yrs 8 months = 7yrs 8 months will be on licence......but I believe people don't normally get parole the first time and with his violent past, but then he will be reviewed every year after
I believe he will serve 6 yrs before parole and then if he gets parole the rest of the time ie 4yrs + 3yrs 8 months = 7yrs 8 months will be on licence......but I believe people don't normally get parole the first time and with his violent past, but then he will be reviewed every year after nk2gether
  • Score: 0

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