After a reveler was knocked out at Boxpark in London, the CEO and founder of the venue defended Julius Francis, a former British heavyweight champion turned security officer. Francis, who once fought Mike Tyson, was caught on camera during a brawl outside Boxpark near Wembley Stadium that left one man unconscious on the ground.
Ex-British Heavyweight Champion Julius Francis Knocks Out Reveller With One Punch
Francis, who fought Mike Tyson in 2000 and now works as a security guard, is shown punching a man wearing a blue durag in the face and knocking him to the ground in a video released online.
The spectator had been yelling at BOXPARK employees, and Francis' punch knocked him to the ground.
A clip of the incident has been shared on Twitter by talkSPORT's Michael Benson, who wrote: “Former British heavyweight champion Julius Francis (who fought Mike Tyson) now working as security at BOXPARK Wembley and dealing with some trouble today…”
The man Francis hit had been yelling obscenities at security personnel and had also been observed pushing a man outside the venue.
His buddies raced to his side to assist him once he was awake, while another individual could be heard saying to Francis, "Why? It was needless."
A spokesperson for BOXPARK told LADbible: "Our team is aware of footage being shared online. This incident is currently under review and part of an ongoing police 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."
Over four million people have watched Benson's video, and reactions to Francis' actions have been divided.
Some people thought Francis' reaction to the man's actions was justified, posting on social media, "Kid deserved it."
A second echoed: “That guy got exactly what he was asking for,” while a third added: “Dude that got knocked out lifted his arm/hand towards the security guard's face. Free rein at that point.”
“This guy asked for it. You get what you deserve,” said a fourth.
However, other social media users felt that Francis displayed a lack of self-control. One person penned: “If this wasn’t a professional boxer I’d say it was justified. But Francis doesn't need to do that. He got caught up in the tension and lost control.”
Another added: “This type of s**t happens every day but my thing is WHY don’t MFers ever have any self-control?”
"If some whack s**t happens, you can take a breath and walk away - handle s**t in a million different ways. Ppl get so pumped up and loud like the earth is imploding. Chill. Walk. Away.”
“Insane! No need. He could easily be sued,” said another social media user in response to the clip.
Francis fought some of the most famous fighters in history, including Mike Tyson, Vitali Klitschko, and Audley Harrison, during the peak of his boxing career, which lasted the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s.