Police Issue Statement After Viral Knockout From Mike Tyson Opponent Julius Francis Outside BoxPark Wembley
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Police have confirmed they have dropped an investigation after former British heavyweight champion Julius Francis knocked a man out cold outside BOXPARK.
Footage went viral of the retired boxer dropping the male, wearing a blue durag, after a situation at the hospitality venue near Wembley Stadium.
Acting aggressively, the individual had been in the face of staff members and pushed barriers in an attempt to get at a man outside.
When he approached Francis, who works as a bouncer for BOXPARK and was wearing his official security attire, he did not hesitate in cracking him with a devastating right hand that sent him straight to the deck.
After attending to him on the floor, the man's friends then asked the 57-year-old why he had lashed out. The footage was widely shared on social media, with viewers in disbelief at the brutal knockout.
Police were present at the scene but no further action will be taken against Francis.
As per the Evening Standard, a statement read: "We are aware of footage circulating on social media showing an incident involving security staff and a member of the public outside Boxpark in Wembley.
"The incident took place shortly after 17.00hrs on Saturday 11 June. Officers were called and attended the venue. A group had been ejected and one male customer had become involved in a confrontation with security staff.
“Officers have spoken to all parties involved and have reviewed relevant CCTV. No further action will be taken in relation to the incident involving the security guard and male customer.”
Francis hung up the gloves back in 2006 after a long career inside the squared circle.
British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion from 1997 until 2001, Francis fought legends like Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko.
He finished with a record of 23 wins, 24 losses and a no contest - though someone was quick to edit his Wikipedia profile to add an extra victory against "blue durag man" after his BOXPARK KO.
Julius Francis' boxing record on his Wikipedia page has been updated… pic.twitter.com/gSVtbYogTT— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 14, 2022
Francis' actions were defended by BOXPARK founder and CEO Roger Wade, who said the former fighter "is one of the nicest people I have ever met and helps train young underprivileged kids boxing in his spare time".
In a LinkedIn post, he continued: "Acts of violence or abuse to any staff members should never be tolerated. How would you react if someone approached you violently? What would you do next if you were in my shoes? #istandwithjulius".
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