Julius Francis says he would be interested in a REMATCH with Mike Tyson… as the former heavyweight says he feels ‘vindicated’ at the reaction to him knocking reveller out cold with one punch while working as a bouncer
- Man shoved bouncer and shouted obscenities before raising fist at Julius Francis
- Francis floored the man with single right-hand punch knocking him unconscious
- The 57-year-old feels vindicated at the reaction on social media to the incident
- He also said he would be interested in a rematch with heavyweight Mike Tyson
Former heavyweight boxer Julius Francis says he would be interested in a rematch with Mike Tyson, after footage went viral last week of him knocking a reveller out cold with one punch at a venue in London.
Francis, who was knocked out by ‘Iron’ Mike during their contest back in 2000, was filmed in the bust-up outside BoxPark near Wembley Stadium where he was working as a bouncer.
The 57-year-old, has told TMZ in an interview that he would be interested in stepping in the ring against Tyson once more, 22 years after their original bout.
Julius Francis went viral last week after he was filmed knocking out a reveller outside BoxPark
Francis in an interview as said that he would be up for having a rematch with Tyson
He said: ‘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 (Logan) Paul or whatever and it’s a mega fight blah blah blah. But them guys, they’re not in my category.’
When asked about Tyson he added: ‘I’m going to put it out there. I’ve never liked talking about money but they could put up with a decent offer. Then, who knows.
Mike Tyson looks up to Julius Francis at the weigh in at the Midland hotel, Manchester in January 2000
‘I’m going to put it out there. 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.’
Francis, was knocked out 58 seconds into the second round of his fight with Tyson – the fourth time he was sent to the canvas during the bout.
During his career, Francis also fought Vitali Klitschko, but was stopped two rounds into their clash in 1998.
After he retired in 2006, he started a fitness company while working as a security guard.
Working as a bouncer outside BoxPark, he was caught on camera intervening as a man hurled insults at staff.
In the video, one man, wearing a blue du-rag, can be heard yelling profanities in the direction of Francis, ‘I hope you have a heart attack, you fat ****’ before he then shoves a smaller security guard.
Tyson defeated Francis in 2000 after knocking him down to the canvas for the fourth time
After trying to move the reveller away from the premises, Francis threw a punch which clipped the man’s head and knocked him out cold.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed last week that they have dropped the investigation into the punch-up.
Francis was defended on social media and by BoxPark CEO Roger Wade, who described him as ‘one of the nicest people’ he’s ever met.
Francis told TMZ: ‘This crazy era of social media and popularity of people. I was actually vindicated by the way people on social media got behind me.
‘To say that, we appreciate what you did, you were in the right. The guy deserved it and all this kind of stuff. I felt vindicated and it shows that people do still think about me and appreciate what I did during my boxing career.’
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