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"Gentle giant" Julius Francis was "doing his job" says ex-manager Kellie Maloney

Boxpark bouncer Julius Francis has been defended for "doing his job" by former manager Kellie Maloney.

The ex-British heavyweight champion, who once fought Mike Tyson, went viral earlier this week after knocking out a rowdy punter outside the venue in Wembley. Kellie feels he was well within his rights to throw out the right hand.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Sport, she said: "I believe he was doing his job. The guy was very threatening to others and looked like he was going to throw a punch at Julius. [It] shows you should never judge a book by it's cover."

Francis, 57, was managed by promoter Kellie during his 23-24-1 boxing career, which included a defeat to Tyson in 2000 after he was knocked down five times within two rounds.

"He was a nice guy," added Kellie. "I refer to him as a gentle giant. He had time for everyone and he was a clever boxer."

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Francis has also been backed up by heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury for his actions which left the blue durag-wearing individual seemingly unconscious on the floor. Boxpark CEO Roger Wade stuck by his employee too.

He was placed under investigation after the clip circulated on social media. But he's since been cleared of any wrongdoing.

A Metropolitan Police statement read: "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 hung up his gloves in 2006 after 14 straight losses. He has since turned to working as a security guard and fought at a charity event just 24 hours before the incident on Saturday (June 11).

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