Julius Francis never wanted to KO Boxpark punter but "landed on the button"

Julius Francis has said he didn't want to KO the rowdy Boxpark punter he put him to sleep but his punch inadvertently "landed on the button".

The former heavyweight boxer went viral last month for the incident outside of the Wembley venue which saw him lose his bouncer licence as a result. It divided opinion online, but it was never Francis' intention for it to happen like it did.

“I can't say it was something that I wanted to do but it kind of landed on the button, put the guy out and stopped the situation dead," he told iFL TV.

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"Like I say, it was something that I didn't really want to do but I always say to people, the last thing a fighter loses, especially a heavyweight fighter, is his punch.

"We might get fat and we might get old but it's just there for us. In some ways it's second nature."

Francis, who fought Mike Tyson during his in-ring career, was backed by Boxpark CEO Roger Wade who released a statement in support of his employee.

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The 57-year-old expressed his gratitude to those who took his side. He said: "One thing I will say is that I appreciate all the love that I have got from that.

"You know people appreciating me and understanding the situation and what it was, and you know something at the end of the day I couldn’t avoid.

"All the management and Roger Wade, the CEO, putting out the statement he did was actually fantastic. Much, much, much appreciated to see I did have the backing of those people because it was fantastic for me."

Francis was the subject of a Metropolitan Police investigation but was cleared of all wrongdoing. He's now eyeing a rematch with Tyson, adding: "If it were to come to fruition, yeah I'd be more than willing."

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