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Julius Francis reveals he was suspended and arrested after KO punch of punter outside BOXPARK and says he is open to a Mike Tyson rematch

Julius Francis reveals he was suspended and arrested after KO punch of punter outside BOXPARK and says he is open to a Mike Tyson rematch

Julius Francis may have been suspended from his security job, but he may be able to reignite his boxing career with a Mike Tyson rematch.

Earlier this month footage emerged of former British and Commonwealth champion, Francis, knocking out a punter while working security at BOXPARK Wembley.

Francis turned back the years to KO the punter with one right hand

The video went viral and current WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury, even reacted saying: “I saw the knockout, great right hand by the way.”

One man, however, who we had not heard from since the incident is Francis himself, but he has now spoken to TMZ Sports.

“I have the right to defend myself and that’s what I did,” he said. “In the case of him coming towards me and raising his hands, like he was actually going to strike me, so I defended myself.”

Francis also went on to reveal that he had been briefly arrested following the incident, but the police had decided to take no further action.

It was also disclosed in the interview that Francis is currently suspended from working security and he is in the process of trying to resolve the issue.

“What actually has happened, the SIA (Security Industry Authority) – they have actually suspended my license to work, so I can’t work at the moment anyway.

“So I’m just trying to get that sorted, and then hopefully [I’ll be] back on the doors as soon as possible you know, get back to work.”


The man Francis punched was left unconscious on the floor

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The man Francis punched was left unconscious on the floor

Talk then quickly turned from Francis’s recent incident to a potential return to the ring and the chance to maybe even rematch Mike Tyson.  

The pair originally met in 2000 at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester and it was Tyson’s first time fighting in the UK.

At the time, he was no longer in his prime, coming off the back of two defeats at the hands of Evander Holyfield a few years earlier, but he was still a formidable foe.

Francis was a decent British level fighter with a record of 21-7, but he had previously faulted in an attempt to win the European title and the only time he had taken on a world class talent in Vitali Klitschko it had also ended in defeat.

Francis was beaten by Tyson in their previous fight, but now he wants a chance at redemption

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Francis was beaten by Tyson in their previous fight, but now he wants a chance at redemption

On the night, although Francis believed he could cause an upset, he sold sponsorship on the bottom of his shoes to The Mirror, and the newspaper go their money’s worth, as Tyson knocked the Brit down five times in two rounds to win by stoppage.

“I’m going to put it out there,” Francis said of fighting Tyson for a second time. “I’m going to say, yes. Yes, we can have a rematch. I don’t know if anybody will watch it, but I’m going to say, yes.

“I have a daughter that tells me, ‘You’re not going to fight again,’ and I think to myself, ‘Who would I fight?’

“Obviously people name Jake Paul or the other Paul or whatever and it’s a mega fight blah blah blah.

“But them guys, they’re not in my category.”

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