VIDEO: An old boxer silences a heckling crowd by doing a dance and then knocking his opponent out

VIDEO: An old boxer silences a heckling crowd by doing a dance and then knocking his opponent out

Well, here’s something you can’t really improve on

The knockout artist in question is Tony Booth, a journeyman British boxer who spent 18 years in the ring from 1990-2008. At the time of the fight in question, his career record was 46 wins, 93 losses and 9 draws, and he’d lost 15 of his previous 16 bouts. Booth took the fight, against then-promising newcomer Mervyn Langdale, on one day’s notice and arrived clearly out of shape – which led to the spectators howling some rather uncharitable epithets at him.

“You fat bastard!” being among them.

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And what’s in the video is the first round of the fight. Given Booth’s conditioning he’s unlikely to have been able to pull off that unexpected feat of athleticism had it been necessary in, say, the 5th round.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a happy end to Booth’s career in the public eye. He was arrested in 2011 for driving an unlicensed taxi and then later that year he was sent to prison on a nine-year term for his involvement in a counterfeiting and cocaine-trafficking ring.

SPORT 62135H12 25/9/08 Story James. Veteran local boxer Tony Booth in training for his last fight, at the Fish Trades Gym, Heron Street in Hull. The fight will take place in October at the City Hall. PICTURE: Dave Barker.

SPORT 62135H12 25/9/08 Story James. Veteran local boxer Tony Booth in training for his last fight, at the Fish Trades Gym, Heron Street in Hull. The fight will take place in October at the City Hall. PICTURE: Dave Barker.

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