Police dropped an investigation after footage emerged of former boxer Julius Francis apparently knocking out a Muslim man while working as a security guard outside the Boxpark venue situated at Wembley Park, Wembley HA9 0JT, the United Kingdom. The man allegedly insisted that he be allowed to offer salah (also referred to as “namaz”) at the venue, which the Wembley authority did not allow. In being denied, the man assaulted the security personnel while Francis retaliated.
The boxer-turned-bouncer is seen in this video throwing a right-handed punch at the man, which knocks out the man. The clip has been widely shared on social media in the past week.
A police statement said: “We are aware of footage circulating on social media showing an incident involving security staff and a member of the public outside Boxpark in Wembley. The incident took place shortly after 17.00hrs on Saturday 11 June. Officers were called and attended the venue. A group had been ejected and one male customer had become involved in a confrontation with security staff.
“Officers have spoken to all parties involved and have reviewed relevant CCTV. No further action will be taken in relation to the incident involving the security guard and male customer.”
Boxpark said: “Our team is aware of the footage being shared online. The welfare and safety of our staff and customers is our priority.”
A Boxpark employee said: “Julius is a lovely guy. He was here when I did my first shift he was so helpful he showed me around and was just so kind.
“He was just doing his job protecting Boxpark and staff.”
Francis, 57, was a successful boxer throughout the 1990s and 2000s. He won 23 of the 48 bouts he competed in. He competed against a number of boxing legends including Vitali Klitschko in 1998 and Mike Tyson in January 2000.
Francis was knocked down by Tyson just a minute into the second round. The former boxer won just two more fights after his match with the American heavyweight legend, going on to lose 14 in a row before hanging up his gloves in 2006.
Francis went on to start a fitness company and worked as a security guard.
In 2009, he admitted criminal damage and common assault after punching a car window and spraying a driver with glass – causing minor injuries to his face. The then-boxer was ordered to carry out 140 h of unpaid work and told to pay £ 200 compensation to the victim.
Francis admitted after that incident that it was “very stupid of me” at Bromley Magistrates’ Court, adding: “I shouldn’t have done what I did.”