Boxpark bouncer Julius Francis is so hard he punched a car that cut him up

BOXPARK bouncer Julius Francis once punched a car during a brutal bout of road rage.

The former British champion inadvertently propelled himself back into the limelight this week after footage emerged of him knocking out a mouthy troublemaker while working as a security guard at BOXPARK Wembley. The 57-year-old, who once fought Mike Tyson back in 2000, stepped in to silence the rabble-rouser, wiping him out in one punch, after the punter was seen yelling obscenities at venue staff.

However, the episode, which was caught on camera and has subsequently gone viral, isn't the only occasion in which Francis has seen the spotlight thrust back upon him since his 2007 retirement. Just two years after hanging up his gloves, the former heavyweight landed himself in hot water after punching through a car window in a fit of road rage.

Back then, after being cut up by a fellow driver on Wickham Road, Beckenham, Francis took matters into his own hands. The ex-boxing pro moved in front of the fellow road user, blocking them from driving away, before then exiting his car and punching through the driver's window as they attempted to reverse and flee.

The powerful punch saw the car's glass shatter and spray the driver, who sustained minor injuries to his face as a result. Francis admitted both criminal damage and common assault, and was ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £200 compensation to his victim.

Tyson's former opponent confessed it was a "stupid" thing to do as he later apologised for the incident. He said: “This guy had cut me up on a roundabout and because I sounded my horn, he started braking and pulling away.

“I didn’t mean to smash his window. I got out to remonstrate with the guy. I flicked out my hand, I think it was my rings, that’s why the window smashed. I would like to apologise to the guy, it was very stupid of me.”

At the time, District Judge Paul Carr of Bromley Magistrates’ Court declared: “What concerns me is this is road rage and the person concerned received some injuries, albeit slight. He clearly must have been frightened by what happened. That is a serious matter.”

Speaking outside the court, Francis said: “I shouldn’t have done what I did, I shouldn’t have got out of my car. It’s not going to affect the work in the community I do.

"I don’t want people to think of me as a road rage or bully. Sometimes even when you are provoked, you have to count to 10, and that’s the best thing to do.”

Thirteen years on and Francis clearly still packs a punch. The boxer-turned-bouncer is currently being investigated by police following the latest incident, which saw him knock the rowdy punter clean out.

Boxpark founder and CEO Roger Wade has since come out in support of Francis, jumping to his defence and insisting he would stand with the security guard. Francis retired from professional boxing with a record of 24-23-1, having achieved 12 of his wins via knockout.

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