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71 yr. Old Champ Floors Thug


#1


Former Army boxing champion, 71, floors 6ft 4in thug half his age after being punched in the face in attack

By BECKY EVANS
PUBLISHED: 13:11 EST, 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 13:11 EST, 12 November 2012

A 6ft 4ins thug who attacked a man more than twice his age was left with a dislocated shoulder after the pensioner floored him with two right hooks.

Former Army boxing champion John Cokeley said Mark Pearce 'picked on the wrong man'.

The 71-year-old was at home watching TV in his slippers when he heard Pearce rowing with a neighbour.

Mr Cokeley went outside and told Pearce to calm down when the 34-year-old punched him in the face, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Pearce hit Mr Cokeley in the head, smashing his glasses and causing a black eye.

But the pensioner, a professional welterweight undefeated in the Army, got to his feet and floored Pearce with a 'roundhouse blow'.

Pearce managed to get up but Mr Cokeley, who is 5ft 10ins, floored him for a second time with a punch to the stomach.

Mark Pearce, pictured leaving Exeter Crown Court in Devon, after being found guilty of causing actual bodily harm

Pearce denied causing actual bodily harm, claiming he was attacked by the ex-boxer and was acting in self-defence.

But he was found guilty today and sentenced to a six month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Pearce was also given a 12 month supervision order and ordered to pay �£175 costs.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Cokeley, who served around the world in the Army from 1957 to 1968, said: 'It was 10.15pm and I was watching TV.

'I could hear a lot of shouting outside and I realised it was coming from my friendâ??s home and he is not a well man so I went to have a look.

'My friend was in the doorway and this man, who I hadnâ??t seen before, was shouting from about 12ft away.

'He came over to me with his arms out and said "do you want to get involved?". He was shouting and swearing at me.

'I told him I didnâ??t want to get involved, I just wanted some peace and quiet.That was when he hit me quite hard. He said "do you want some of this?".

'I said no, Iâ??m going to call the police and he hit me again. Then I thought enough is enough, so I threw out a right and he went down.

'He ran back at me and I hit him a good hard blow in the side. He stayed down and then the police came.

'I was in slippers and wearing glasses. It is hardly fighting gear. A fight was the last thing I wanted.

'It is years since I was in a ring and I did not want to punch anyone unless I could not avoid it. He is a young man and 6ft 4in tall.

'I may be quite small but I am very fit for my age and I guess you could say I am quite tough. He didnâ??t know who I was and I guess he picked on the wrong man.'

Following the attack at a block of flats in Torquay, Devon, on April 25, Mr Cokeley was taken to hospital suffering a cut to the head.

Pearce also needed hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder.

Former Army boxing champion John Cokeley, right, said Pearce, dressed in black on the left, 'picked on the wrong man'

Mr Cokeley left his home in Torquay, Devon, after hearing shouting outside but when he tried to calm the row down he was attacked by Mark Pearce

Recorder Brian Lett QC told Pearce it was 'a disgraceful incident' despite Mr Cokeley being 'remarkably fit for his age'.

He said: 'He was able to call upon his professional training of many years to fight back. You assaulted him, the peacemaker, which I can only describe as serious.'

Pearce told the court he was 'afraid' he was going to be injured by the ex boxer, despite his age and size.

Pearce, of Paignton, Devon, was cleared of common assault on neighbour Robert Kell in the confrontation which led to the attack.

Mr Cokeley added: 'I would like to see him get anger management because he could have caused the death of someone.'


#2

There was another one of these a while back. a 72 year old former national chap got his home broken into by some high as a kite partyboy nancy, in his mid twenties. The old boy hit him twice in the head. The robber was described as ‘looking as if he’d been involved in a car crash’.

This fits so well with the ‘how big is big’ thread. Chances are, everyone in there who said 6’4 and more than 200lbs is big, would not have backed a 71 year old man. You never EVER know who you are fucking with.

That, and boxers are fucking awesome. Really fucking awesome.


#3

I love reading stuff like this. The baddest guy on the block turned out to be a giant pussy!

It reminds me of the scene from ‘Harry Brown’. Michael Caine walks up to a chav he just shot through the gut, picks up his jammed pistol and says, “You failed to maintain your weapon, son.”


#4

Good for him. It takes a special a special type of scum to punch a 71 year old with glasses.


#5

I think the picture is great too. He’s still got it. Man, when I’m 71… damn. What a boss.


#6

[quote]LondonBoxer123 wrote:
This fits so well with the ‘how big is big’ thread. Chances are, everyone in there who said 6’4 and more than 200lbs is big, would not have backed a 71 year old man. You never EVER know who you are fucking with.[/quote]

Who said he was 200lbs?

Just being a dick, but it’s obvious the “thug” was the definition of a bully and did not expect any sort of resistance.

Still great story and I hope I’m capable of slapping fuckers around in my 70s. Not that I wish harm on anyone, of course.


#7

Yes. Quite reassuring for a little middleweight bitch like me, to be honest.


#8

He said “Do you want some of this?”

This made me giggle a little bit


#9

Sounds like a very reasonable guy to boot! This guy is the definition of a true badass!


#10

The guy who assaulted the old man was not a thug. Firstly, thugs don’t hit old people without being severely provoked. Secondly, if and when they do hit people they usually stay down.

Like I should know, 'cuse I’m a thug.


#11

[quote]Gettnitdone wrote:
The guy who assaulted the old man was not a thug. Firstly, thugs don’t hit old people without being severely provoked. Secondly, if and when they do hit people they usually stay down.

Like I should know, 'cuse I’m a thug.[/quote]

As a matter of clarification: I noticed you have posted your location as New Zealand, so, it is possible that I am not understanding your definition of “thug”:throughout my professional career, a “thug” was always a piece of shit who I worked very hard to either put in jail or send him to a grave. I was surprised you claimed to be one, or perhaps you are being sarcastic and I simply didnt get it. It appears your definition attempts to attach some “professionalism” to the word. as I stated, perhaps it used in a different context in your area.

Much, much respect to the Gentleman. Standing up to a piece of shit, no matter your definition, should gardner respect from all of us.


#12

this is awesome.


#13

AWESOME

Reminds me of the hometown great, Billy Conn, who knocked out a robber when he was 72.

In my years of training, I have come across old guys that nobody would want to mess with.


#14

My favorite is still this one, where two 20-something muggers line up a robbery on an old man in New York City. Unfortunately, the old man was Jack Dempsey.

Look at the top left corner of the page under the words “Sports Parade”:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OOweAAAAIBAJ&sjid=liQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7026,1829545&dq


#15

[quote]Khaine wrote:

[quote]LondonBoxer123 wrote:
This fits so well with the ‘how big is big’ thread. Chances are, everyone in there who said 6’4 and more than 200lbs is big, would not have backed a 71 year old man. You never EVER know who you are fucking with.[/quote]

Who said he was 200lbs?

Just being a dick, but it’s obvious the “thug” was the definition of a bully and did not expect any sort of resistance.

Still great story and I hope I’m capable of slapping fuckers around in my 70s. Not that I wish harm on anyone, of course.[/quote]

Did you follow the link? 6’4 and not a bean pole, the guy is easily over 200lbs, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he wasn’t closer to 220lbs, given his build, and the fat he is clearly carrying at that height.


#16

[quote]LondonBoxer123 wrote:

[quote]Khaine wrote:

[quote]LondonBoxer123 wrote:
This fits so well with the ‘how big is big’ thread. Chances are, everyone in there who said 6’4 and more than 200lbs is big, would not have backed a 71 year old man. You never EVER know who you are fucking with.[/quote]

Who said he was 200lbs?

Just being a dick, but it’s obvious the “thug” was the definition of a bully and did not expect any sort of resistance.

Still great story and I hope I’m capable of slapping fuckers around in my 70s. Not that I wish harm on anyone, of course.[/quote]

Did you follow the link? 6’4 and not a bean pole, the guy is easily over 200lbs, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he wasn’t closer to 220lbs, given his build, and the fat he is clearly carrying at that height.[/quote]

I did not. Apologies.

Now that I have, I can agree that 200lbs is probably a fair assessment, while 220 is stretching it (obviously this is all speculation) and he is most assuredly not what I’d call an intimidating physical specimen (tiny hands, narrow shoulders), nor does he fit my image of a “thug”. Still, we’re talking 6 inches, 37 years and roughly 50lbs of weight difference, proving that heart and skill can trump those qualities on occassion.

As I’m sure most here will agree though, and as we constantly point out in the self-defense threads on here, if Pearce was a proper “thug” and pulled a blade, this headline would likely have looked quite different.


#17

[quote]Khaine wrote:

As I’m sure most here will agree though, and as we constantly point out in the self-defense threads on here, if Pearce was a proper “thug” and pulled a blade, this headline would likely have looked quite different.[/quote]

Ugh.

Well he could have just burned down the old man’s house beforehand to assure that no one would threaten him. Or the old man could have come out with a flamethrower himself and it could have just been a war of fire that burned down the whole town.

I just put the story up cause I thought it was cool, really don’t want it to turn into one of these “27 ninjas with machine guns” threads.


#18

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:

[quote]Khaine wrote:

As I’m sure most here will agree though, and as we constantly point out in the self-defense threads on here, if Pearce was a proper “thug” and pulled a blade, this headline would likely have looked quite different.[/quote]

Ugh.

Well he could have just burned down the old man’s house beforehand to assure that no one would threaten him. Or the old man could have come out with a flamethrower himself and it could have just been a war of fire that burned down the whole town.

I just put the story up cause I thought it was cool, really don’t want it to turn into one of these “27 ninjas with machine guns” threads.[/quote]

Haha well, we usually douse everybody’s excitement about street confrontations around here, don’t we? Pointing out that a weapon changes everything is pretty much par for the course. Nor is a “thug with a knife” even approaching “27 ninjas…” territory.

I agree, it is a cool story.

EDIT: Read the Dempsey story just now. Falls in the same territory. Very cool, but could have ended very differently.


#19

‘I eat Eggs, drink raw milk and occasionally a steak for breakfast’ generation

vs

‘I eat soy muesli with ricemilk for breakfast and take my adhd meds to go with it’.

Or

‘I played with guns, punched with my hands, healed with them too and loved a woman for 50+ years generation’

vs

’ The toughest part of my body is my fingers from all the I pad action, x box fingering and I masturbate to pictures of women’ generation.

Fucken awesome


#20

[quote]humble wrote:
‘I eat Eggs, drink raw milk and occasionally a steak for breakfast’ generation

vs

‘I eat soy muesli with ricemilk for breakfast and take my adhd meds to go with it’.

Or

‘I played with guns, punched with my hands, healed with them too and loved a woman for 50+ years generation’

vs

’ The toughest part of my body is my fingers from all the I pad action, x box fingering and I masturbate to pictures of women’ generation.

Fucken awesome[/quote]

That was fucking hilarious!