A former British boxer who went toe-to-toe with Mike Tyson, was filmed knocking out a punter at Boxpark in Wembley.
Julius Francis, who also tussled with Vitali Klitshcko and Audley Harrison in his career, grew tired of a customer causing mischief and flattened him without a moment’s hesitation.
In the clip, the troublemaker wearing a blue du-rag was heard shouting “f**k you!” and “I’ll f**k you up!” as he shoves multiple people. Security guards tried to nudge him away from a set of guardrails and appeared to be walking away. The man then made a big mistake as he tried to square up to Francis, raising his fists, before the 57-year-old laid him out with a clean right hand.
A Boxpark spokesperson said: "Our team are aware of footage being shared online. This incident is currently under review and part of an ongoing investigation, and therefore we are unable to comment further on the incident at this time. We would like to stress that the safety and welfare of our customers and our staff is our number one priority."
Francis boxed throughout the 90s and early/mid 2000s and won the BBBofC British heavyweight title in 1997. Perhaps his biggest achievements came in June 1997, when Francis defeated the hard hitting Zambian Joseph Chingangu in London for the Commonwealth title on points. Three months later, in September, Francis retained his Commonwealth title and won the vacant British title with a sixth-round knockout of Garry Delaney in Northern Ireland.
He then took on Klitschko the following year, but was floored three times and stopped in the second round by the Ukrainian giant. Klitschko, now the mayor of Kyiv, would go on to win the World Heavyweight title. The Londoner also faced fellow Brit Harrison in May 2004 at the age of 39. The 2000 Olympic champion claimed his 16th straight victory at the time with a comprehensive points win over Francis.
Harrison took his time to get going and relied heavily on his jab but finally started to open up in the 11th round. The onslaught continued in the 12th and Francis hit the canvas late on and avenged his defeat to Francis during their days on the amateur circuit.
Francis' biggest fight of his career came against Mike Tyson in Manchester in January 2000. He was decked five times and lost in two rounds, although enjoyed the biggest payday of his career (around £350,000).
After owning a respectable record of 23-10-1 with 12 knockouts, by May 2006 he had lost 14 fights in a row, his record now stood at 23-24-1, with 12 knockouts, before deciding to hang up his gloves.
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