Julius Francis says he would be interested in a REMATCH with Mike Tyson
Julius Francis says he’d be interested in a REMATCH with Mike Tyson… as the former heavyweight says he feels ‘justified’ by the reaction of knocking out reveler with one punch while working as a bouncer at BoxPark Wembley
- Man pushed bouncer and yelled obscenities before raising fist at Julius Francis
- Francis hit the man with a single right punch and knocked him unconscious
- The 57-year-old feels justified by the social media reaction 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 out a reveler with one punch outside a London venue.
Francis, who was knocked out by ‘Iron’ Mike during their 2000 match, was filmed in the bust-up outside BoxPark near Wembley Stadium, where he worked as a bouncer.
The 57-year-old has since told TMZ in an interview that he would be interested in stepping into the ring again against Tyson, 22 years after their original fight.
Julius Francis went viral last week after being filmed taking out a reveler outside BoxPark
Francis has said in an interview that he would be ready for a rematch with Tyson
He said, ‘I have a daughter who tells me ‘you’re not going to fight anymore’ and I think to myself ‘who should I fight with?’
“Of course people call Jake Paul or the other (Logan) Paul or whatever and it’s a mega fight, blah blah. But those guys, they don’t fall into my category.’
When asked about Tyson, he added, “I’m going to put it there. I’ve never liked to talk about money, but they could make a good offer. Then, who knows.
Mike Tyson looks up to Julius Francis at the 2000 Midland hotel weigh-in, Manchester
“I’m going to put it there. I’m going to say yes. Yes, we can have a rematch. I don’t know if anyone will look at it, but I 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 fight.
During his career, Francis also fought Vitali Klitschko, but was stopped after two rounds in 1998.
After retiring in 2006, he started a fitness business while working as a security guard.
He worked as a bouncer outside BoxPark and was caught on camera intervening when a man threw insults at staff.
In the video, a man, dressed in a blue du-rag, can be heard yelling profanity at Francis, “Hope you’re having a heart attack, you fat ****” before then pushing a smaller guard.
Tyson defeated Francis in 2000 after knocking him to the canvas for the fourth time
After trying to get the reveler off the site, Francis delivered a blow that broke the man’s head and knocked him out.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed last week that they have closed the investigation into the punch-up.
Francis was championed 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 age of social media and people’s popularity. I was actually vindicated by the way people supported me on social media.
“In saying that, we appreciate what you’ve done, you were right. The man deserved it and all this stuff. I felt justified and it shows that people still think of me and appreciate what I’ve done during my boxing career.”