Julius Francis fancies Mike Tyson rematch after having security license suspended for viral KO

  • Tom Ward

Julius Francis has set his sights on a rematch with Mike Tyson – nearly two weeks after knocking a man out with a single punch outside BOXPARK Wembley.

Francis, 57, only won two of his last 19 fights before retiring from professional boxing in the summer of 2006.

However he recently made the headlines after a video of him knocking out an angry man during a shift at the north London venue went viral.

But despite becoming a viral sensation overnight, it hasn’t exactly been all plain sailing for Francis since then as he revealed in a recent interview with American outlet TMZ.

Francis told TMZ: “I was arrested and rightly so and I was taken to the police station for about four-and-a-half hours.

“The guy came up to me and he’d already been violent, struck a couple of doormen, pushed them, punched them, went at a couple of patrons.

“As that happened he turned around and made a B-line to me. He was calling me names… it doesn’t harm me, but I have the right to defend myself. They had statements from my manager, people at the door and they looked at our CCTV. I wasn’t worried so much about that because it was actually me defending myself.

WATCH: Julius Francis knocked out a man with a single punch outside BOXPARK Wembley earlier this month

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“I had the right to defend myself and that’s what I did when he raised his hands. The security authority industry called the SIA actually suspended my licence to work. I can’t work at the moment, so I’m trying to get that sorted so I can get back to work as soon as possible.”

Francis previously described Tyson as the hardest-hitting opponent he ever faced during his career.

And while the pride of Peckham may have called it a day several years ago now he still wants to settle the score with the American – although he admits he doesn’t know ‘if anybody will watch it’.

Asked if he likes the idea of a rematch with Tyson, he replied: “I’m going to put it out there. I’m going to say, yes. Yes, we can have a rematch.

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“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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