October 7, 2009 / 2:17 PM / 10 years ago

Cage fighters in drag wallop drunken duo

A drag queen in high heels waits for the start of the EuroPride 2009 parade in Zurich June 6, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

LONDON (Reuters) - Two men got far more than they bargained for when they decided to start a street fight with Spider-Man and two men in drag — their would-be victims were cage fighters enjoying a night out.

Dean Gardner, 19, and his 22-year-old friend Jason Fender got involved in a brawl with a group including a man in a Spider-Man outfit outside a nightclub in Swansea in August after drinking jugs of cocktails.

After that melee died down, closed circuit TV footage then showed the pair confront another man wearing black hot pants and a pink wig, with Gardner throwing a punch at him.

But they are quickly floored by the man’s friend who was attired in a short black dress with stockings and suspenders.

While Gardner is seen groggily stumbling and falling over, the men in drag collect their handbags and walk off.

“They did not go out looking for trouble,” the duo’s lawyer Mark Davies told Swansea magistrates court.

“Unfortunately they were extremely drunk, and you know it cannot have been a good night when you get into a fight with Spider-Man and two cross-dressing men.”

The court heard on Monday the two men in drag were believed to be cage fighters, the Press Association reported on Thursday.

Gardner and Fender both pleaded guilty to using intimidating behaviour or words on the night and were ordered to carry out a four-month community order.

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison

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