You never know who you will meet when you are acting a fool in the street. Case in point, in London at Wembley Arena, a man was going hard, throwing punches and tormenting a group of people exiting the venue, when he received the chin check of a lifetime.
The punch came from an unlikely source; a former heavyweight boxer turned security guard for the venue. Julius Francis, a British journeyman boxer who once faced an aging Mike Tyson, delivered the knockout blow caught on video and went viral.
The footage made the rounds on social media Tuesday, showing Francis stopping an aggressive unknown man wearing a durag. Francis delivered a stunning blow to the man who thought he was undefeated against the other staff members until Francis caught him square on the chin.
Former British heavyweight champion Julius Francis (who fought Mike Tyson) now working as security at BOXPARK Wembley and dealing with some trouble today…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 13, 2022
Meet The Bouncer
The identity of the man causing the scene is still unclear; however, his obnoxious cursing seemed one-sided as he attempted to bring the ruckus to a crowd of men who didn’t want any smoke at Wembley.
Slowly, Francis made his way closer and closer to the man until he ultimately was behind him and ready to strike. The 57-year-old former heavyweight gave the man the business, like security at entertainment venues can be known to do but not with such brutal accuracy.
British law enforcement is investigating the incident based on the dramatic ending. Metropolitan Police reportedly confirmed their investigation of the incident. However, they did not know the identity of the KO victim.
“Police are aware of footage circulating on social media showing an incident involving security staff and a member of the public outside Boxpark in Wembley,” they said in a statement.
“An investigation into the circumstances, including to establish the identity and welfare of those involved, is under way. There have been no arrests and inquiries are ongoing.”
However, Francis was doing his job as security, defusing a situation that could have escalated. His boss at BoxPark defended his star security guard.
BOXPARK founder/CEO Roger Wade has put out a statement on the Julius Francis incident: "I stand with Julius." pic.twitter.com/mXgzvGsmmG
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 14, 2022
To The Rescue
“My understanding is that Julius and our security team spent 15 minutes stopping this man and his friends from abusing, spitting on and hitting our customers and staff,” BoxPark founder and CEO Roger Wade wrote on LinkedIn.
“They carefully escorted him from the premises under constant provcation and violence. Finally the person approached Julius in a confrontational manner and he defended himself. Acts of violence or abuse towards staff should never be tolerated. How would you react if someone approached you violently? What would you do next if you were in my shoes?”
Additionally, Wade mentioned Francis’ work with underprivileged youth as a boxing trainer to vouch for his character. He explained the other man’s brazen conduct before being thrown out of the venue and laid out by Francis before creating a new hashtag: #IStandWithJulius.
Went a little under the radar, but last Friday Julius Francis at 57 fought ex pro Dan Cadman in a charity fight in order to raise money for Mark Potter who is sadly battling cancer. Julius Francis is one of the most respectful and nicest people in the sport . pic.twitter.com/ctU4sSxsNA
— Kugan Cassius (@KuganCassius) June 14, 2022
Francis handled an irate visitor, but unfortunately, his boxing career was not as successful. Although he won the British heavyweight titles, he lost his last fourteen fights in a row before retiring in 2006.
The highlight of Francis’ career was facing Mike Tyson in 2000. However, he lost via second-round TKO. Francis is making news again for his particular pugilistic skills, and the viral video proves that you never know who is working security.