HUNDREDS of boxing fans failed to get punch drunk after a bar at Castleford Civic Centre ran out of beer during a talk by sporting star Ricky Hatton.
Tony Dunn, of Sports Media Promotions, slammed Wakefield Council for failing to “adequately” stock its bar for the extravaganza on Saturday night – forcing staff to buy cans of booze from a nearby supermarket.
The company boss, who hired the council venue for the event, said: “It was an absolute shambles. I just couldn’t believe it.”
Mr Dunn, who set up the sports promotion business with his wife Julia two years ago, claims he paid the council more than £650 to hire the venue for a talk by the former world boxing champion.
The cost included room hire and bar provision – with the council taking 100 per cent of the takings for drinks.
Mr Dunn said: “Before the night I’d warned the council to expect around 400 boxing fans, mostly male, and to make sure the bar was fully stocked.
“When we got there they only had two members of staff on each bar and when it hit around 8.30pm they said they had run out of beer.
“In the end a member of staff had to go to Asda to buy some more drinks and they ended up selling cans of warm beer for around £2.80. It was disgusting.
“The organisation was absolutely shocking. I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life.
“I had a number of complaints from customers – not about Ricky Hatton, but about the organisation of things that were out of my control.
“When something like this happens it comes back on the promoter and it’s affected my reputation and my business.
“It would definitely make me reconsider booking the venue again.”
Mr Dunn has a future event planned at the venue with Joe Frazier – the man who beat Muhammad Ali and famously fought him three times – on Tuesday May 17.
He met representatives from the council on Tuesday, who have offered to provide the venue free of charge.
A council spokeswoman said: “We’re sorry that Mr Dunn feels let down and we worked hard to ensure the event went smoothly.
“We always try to provide the best possible service to our customers and acknowledge that we can learn from this experience.
“We are working to resolve the issue and hope to maintain a good working relationship with Mr Dunn, who is a valued customer.”