Seventy-One Year Old Army Boxing Champ Floors Punk

Courtesy of America’s Sergeant Major, I bring you the story of John Cokeley, a seventy-one year old Army veteran. Who, in his slippers, whupped up a bully less than half his age:

Fmr Army boxing champion John Cokeley, 71

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’.

Mark Pearce, pictured leaving Exeter Crown Court in Devon.

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

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.

You really should respect your elders. It’s not hard and saves you from vicious right hooks.

9 thoughts on “Seventy-One Year Old Army Boxing Champ Floors Punk”

  1. Once a boxer always a boxer!

    Muscle memory is a remarkable reflex of which Mr. Cokeley has proven, bloody good effort. The noble art of boxing is a wonderful discipline when used correctly.

    I notice the incident happened in Torquay, which is a small coastal town on the south coast of Devon (small enough for the cowardly Mark Pearce to be ridiculed daily)! Lets hope this man steps out of line within the next two years so he can have 6 months at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Dartmoor Prison.

    Incidentally, the Prison and the land it sits on is owned by Prince Charles.

    Yours Aye.

  2. What goes around, comes around…it’s always a little satisfying to experience that little bit of schadenfreude and see bullies get their due from the hand of those they chose to inflict with their thuggish behavior… that’s justice…k

  3. I like this Mr. Cokely. My dad and my grandfather were not very big men, but both were boxers. I’d like to be a boxer – maybe a kick boxer.

  4. As I Believe Would Be A Most Proper Salute And Salutation from A Fellow Veteran From Across the Puddle ” GOOD ON YA MATE! ”
    DAV SEPT 69 -OCT 79 USAF
    And may he PLEASE be the recipient ofEither THE ROYAL TREATMENT FROM HIS MAJESTY; or ROYAL MARINES Stationed Nearby?! Local Old Ladies Auxiliaries? Natioanal TV SAT COVERAGE?! God Save The Queen!

  5. EB: Despite my proud tagline, I generally avoid brigs or prisons of any sort. And Dartmoor looks to be another one I should not visit.
    Kris: It is satisfying. Is that so wrong?
    Lou: Whoah, there will be no kickboxing of any sort on this blog!
    Kevin: Haha! Good idea, get the RM involved.
    Six: Old guys rule!

  6. That pensioner is a convicted sex offender, bang to rights. He should have been strung up for what he did. I’ve notified the papers that ran the story, absolutley no chance of libel or slander as he did time for it.

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