A promising boxer and three other men have been jailed after a “ferocious” late night brawl involving knives and belts in Manchester city centre.
Footage shows boxer Jay Cornforth, 23, in the centre of the pitched battle wielding a knife while his brother Conor Cornforth was throwing punches.
Knives, belts and even a bin was used in the brawl outside Charlie’s Bar, off Princess Street, a venue which has now lost its licence.
Jay Cornforth, who was jailed for 30 months, is clearly seen in a white shirt during the fight between the two groups and a judge said he was a “principal player”.
He was previously cleared of murder after facing a trial for the killing of Luke “Tank” Graham.
Conor Cornforth, 27, who is seen lashing out with punches, has been seen jailed for 37 months for assisting an offender.
Shirtless James Peltier, 24, and Anthony McKenna, 20, were both seen in the video carrying knives in the rival group.
Peltier was given a 21 month jail term and McKenna will have to serve a four year detention in a young offender’s institution after also being sentenced for other unrelated drugs offences.
Police applied for the Charlie’s Bar venue to lose its licence after the incident.
At a council hearing, cops said the “ferocity” of the fight was “truly shocking”.
They had “serious concerns as to the levels of violence occurring at the premises".
Two men were reportedly stabbed and another suffered cuts to his head, with all refusing to cooperate with police.
Judge Richard Mansell QC spared two other men from jail after accepting that they were drunk and acted out of character.
Taylor Sampson, 22, had an 18 month prison sentence suspended for two years and Ferguson, 22, had a 12 months jail term suspended for a year.
Judge Mansell told the defendants: “This could have been so much more serious.
“One or more of you could have been facing a charge of murder or manslaughter.”