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Watch: The moment Lilu King clashed with police during a boxing match

Lilu King, the boxer turned entrepreneur who is currently facing serious criminal charges, was forcibly ejected from a high-profile boxing match in Ta’ Qali on Friday evening after a heated altercation with police.

The incident, captured by an onlooker, occurred despite King receiving a special extension of his court-ordered curfew to attend the event.

The drama unfolded shortly after midnight during the main event: Scott Dixon’s fight against Steve Martin. King, who acted as Dixon’s cornerman, reacted aggressively to comments directed at him. When security officers failed to calm him down, they called in police stationed at the scene.

In the video, officers are seen struggling to restrain King, whose real name is Mohammed Ali Ahmed Elmushraty. Despite his resistance, they eventually escorted him out, preventing his return as the fight, which Martin won after twelve rounds, continued.

The incident, which also appears to have been captured on police officers’ body cameras, raises questions about the wisdom of relaxing King’s bail conditions.

Lilu King clashes with police after winning a curfew extension for a boxing event

He is currently undergoing proceedings for drug trafficking, money laundering and participation in organized crime. He spent nine months in preventive detention before being released on bail in March. His conditions include a hefty financial commitment and a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Speak with Newsbook MaltaKing’s attorney, José Herrera, staunchly defended his client. “I am not authorized to disclose confidential information,” Herrera said. “However, to my knowledge he has complied with his bail conditions.” This statement adds a layer of legal complexity to Friday’s events, suggesting possible disputes over what constitutes an infringement.

Intriguingly, the altercation took place in the presence of political heavyweights. Prime Minister Robert Abela was present, although there is no indication he had contact with King. More controversially, Minister Owen Bonnici was photographed with King before the event. Bonnici later claimed ignorance, stating that he only learned of King’s identity and legal troubles after they posed together.