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Julian Francis’ costly viral street knockout: Arrested and suspended from work

While Julian Francis is hoping to land a rematch against Mike Tyson 22 years after their 2000 bout, the former British champion has some short-term concerns after being suspended from his job.

Francis was filmed knocking out a man during a shift as a bouncer at an event at Wembley, and the video then went viral.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Francis admitted that he was even arrested after the incident, but also that police decided to take no further action. He also confirmed that he was suspended by the Security Industry Authority.

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

In the same interview, Francis expressed his desire to get back into the ring with former foe Mike Tyson.

The punch attracted a lot of attention. Tyson Fury even saw it and reacted by saying: “I saw the knockout, great right hand by the way.”


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