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Police have dropped their probe into former boxer Julius Francis after he knocked out a punter while working as a bouncer at Boxpark Wembley.
Francis, who fought Mike Tyson during his career, went viral on social media this week in a video which showed him punching a man seemingly unconscious outside the London venue. The incident sparked an investigation by the Metropolitan Police, but they have now ended it.
Their statement read: "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."
Francis, an ex-British heavyweight champion, intervened after a man wearing a blue du-rag had become abusive towards him and his colleagues. The individual could be heard saying: "I hope you have a heart attack, you fat ****."
Francis' identity soon emerged online. He had a successful career in the ring in the 1990s, but lost to boxing legends Vitali Klitschko and Tyson, who knocked him down five times in their bout, and hung up his gloves in 2006 after 14 straight defeats.
The 57-year-old has since turned to working as a security guard and was backed up by his boss Roger Wade, who described him as "one of the nicest people" he had ever met in a statement posted to social media.
A fellow 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.”
Boxpark have been contacted for comment.
- Mike Tyson
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