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.