Lionhearts boxers shaken but happy to fight on after Westminster attack The four British boxers who witnessed PC Keith Palmer being stabbed to death outside the Houses of Parliament have spoken of their experiences on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite the way the troubling scenes affected them, the British Lionhearts fighters chose to persist with Thursday evening's World Series of Boxing fixture against Italia Thunder and impressively secured a 5 0 victory overall. The Italians were also present at Westminster alongside louis vuitton alma travel fighters Frazer Clarke, Pat McCormack, Muhammad Ali, Calum French and Bulgarian Radoslav Pantaleev at the event celebrating one year of the British Lionhearts in the Community. The Lionhearts were on their way to an exit on New Palace Yard when the attack on Palmer took place, before his attacker Khalid Masood was shot by police. Flyweight and 2016 Olympian Ali was the first to fight, doing so just 30 hours after Wednesday's events, and secured the first of four unanimous decision points victories despite a second round knockdown. "We were just going out when it happened," said the 19 year old. "All day, I couldn't get it out of my head because we saw everything. "The coaches spoke to us about what went on, because we had to focus (on Thursday evening's fights)." Of his defeat of Manuel Cappai, he added: "It was good to get the victory, but I'm just disappointed I got dropped. "What happened was a shock, but you have to get on with things." Welterweight McCormack, 21, who overcame Vincenzo Mangiacapre, said: "It was louis vuitton casual shoes cs-843 horrible. We were right in front louis vuitton lenox mall atlanta of it. It was weird timing that we saw it all, but it's not something anyone wants to see. "I didn't really sleep much. My head was a bit all over and I couldn't louis vuitton alma bb epi really stop thinking about it but I'm just glad I've come, got the job done and the win. "We had a meeting, a talk. The coaches handled it very well, got us through it. "Tony was standing right next to us, and as everyone was running away he was running to aid. He saw a lot more than us and was a bit shook up. I respect him very much as a man for doing that." French, also 21 and who won at lightweight against Michael Magnesi, did not share McCormack's trouble sleeping but said: "It was the most tragic thing I've ever seen; it was horrible. "We tried our best not to let it affect us. We tried to really concentrate, and focus on the boxing instead, but my heart goes out to those involved. "What happened was a terrible, terrible, terrible event. I'm really sorry for the people involved. "I was stuck in the Houses of Parliament for nine hours, so it was quite tiring. When I got back I went straight to bed." Super heavyweight Clarke, 25, also suffered a second round knockdown but recovered to earn a split decision against Guido Vianello. He said: "It was the atmosphere: everyone's talking about it, I couldn't get away from it. "But I'm not the victim, I was able to box; the victims were yesterday. "If we can't get in there and fight after what we saw, how does everyone who was there get on with their lives? Police officers lost colleagues, families, friends. We were the lucky ones so we had every reason to get in there and put a show on. "I said my little bit in there, 'Rest in peace and God be with'. I don't need closure. The families need closure; the colleagues. The mother that has to look after the children. They're the ones that it's impacting, not me. "Everything's gone through my head. But someone was looking down on us; we didn't go out there (in time to be caught up in the attack). God willing, thank God, we were fine.
" The fourth of the Lionhearts' five wins was secured by Pantaleev, over Gianluca Rosciglione. It emerged earlier on Thursday that PC Palmer had long been a Charlton season ticket holder, and that the League One club have planned a tribute to him. A scarf has been laid on his seat at The Valley, and will remain there until their next home fixture against MK Dons on April 4.
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