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71 Year-Old Former Army Champion Boxer Floors Thug Half His Age
Former Army boxing champion, 71, floors 6ft 4in thug half his age after being punched in the face in attack
By Becky Evans
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 leaves 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 friendís 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 hadnít 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 didnít 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, Iím 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.
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