The founder and CEO of Boxpark spoke out in favor of Jules Francois after a video of the former heavyweight champion punching a patron at the establishment went viral.
Francis, 57, retired from professional boxing in 2006, with a loss to mike tyson in 2000 marking the biggest fight of his career.
The Briton is now a boxing trainer and works as a security guard at Boxpark Wembley, where an incident with a customer took place on Monday. Video of the incident outside Boxpark has gone viral on social media, showing Francis punching the customer in question, who then falls to the ground.
In a statement provided to The suna Boxpark spokesperson said: “Our team is aware of the images shared online.
“This incident is currently under review and part of an ongoing police investigation, and we are therefore unable to comment further on the incident at this time. We would like to point out that safety and the well-being of our customers and staff is our number one priority.”
Boxpark founder and CEO Roger Wade has since addressed the situation in a LinkedIn post.
“I woke up to a viral story about one of our security team members,” Wade wrote. “Julius Francis is a former heavyweight boxing champion from the UK, he is one of the nicest people I have ever met and helps train underprivileged young children in boxing in his spare time.
“I understand that Julius and our security team spent 15 minutes stopping this man and his friends from abusing, spitting and hitting our customers and staff. They carefully escorted him from the premises under constant provocations and violence. Eventually, the person approached Julius in a confrontational manner and he fought back.
“Acts of violence or abuse towards a staff member should never be tolerated. How would you react if someone approached you violently? What would you do next if you were me? #standwithjulius.”
Francis retired with a professional boxing record of 24-23-1, having won 12 of his victories by knockout.
The Independent contacted Boxpark about this.
Julius Francis: Boxpark CEO backs ex-heavyweight champion after clash with ‘violent’ client goes viral
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