Julius Francis

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Julius Francis

Former British Heavyweight champion boxer - who participated in many noteworthy boxing matches in the 1990s and 2000s add

Category: Boxing

Born in 1964.

Countries: Germany (25%), United Kingdom (19%), Ukraine (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Matt Skelton, Graham Arnold, Keith Fletcher

Linked to: BBC




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Julius Francis was born in 1964 add something


"' Julius Francis"' is a former British Heavyweight champion boxer - who participated in many noteworthy boxing matches in the 1990s and 2000s add something


He turned pro in 1993 at the late age of 28 with a five round knockout of Graham Arnold add something


In 1995 Francis won Southern Area title fights against Damien Caesar and Keith Fletcher, however squandered a big opportunity in an eliminator, when far ahead on points after nine rounds, hard hitting Scott Welch came from behind to drop him three times and stop him in 10 add something


Later in 1995 he took a fight in Russia and was outpointed by local Nikolai Kulpin, and in London lost a debatable decision by half a point to veteran Michael Murray add something


Francis showed marked improvement in 1996, knocking out ex-victim Caesar in the first round to regain his Southern Area title, outpointing Michael Holden, and scoring the biggest win of his career to date as he took on hard hitting "Big Bad" James Oyebola and destroyed the giant Nigerian in 5 one sided rounds add something


The big win over Oyebola got Francis a February 1997 shot at Zeljko Mavrovic for his European title, on the champions home turf of Austria add something


His manager Frank Maloney was unsuccessful in attempting to move Francis up in 1998, as he was outpointed in Germany by local icon Axel Schulz in a European title eliminator, and a second visit to German shores saw him decked three times and stopped in the second round by giant Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko add something


In 1999 Francis was back and enjoyed the best form of his career add something


Vladimir Virchis - Virchis is known as "The Hunter", the large and powerful Virchis turned professional in 1999 and won his first 20 bouts with 17 knockouts, including victories over clubfighters Julius Francis, Cliff Couser, and Michael Sprott


His opponent Gary Turner was previously beaten by one of Francis's own conquerors, Matt Skelton, in a K-1 tournament in 2000 add something


At the age of 35 Francis got a shot at visiting iconic ex-champ Mike Tyson, in Manchester in January 2000 add something


He would resurface in September 2002 in Denmark, scoring an upset over undefeated Steffen Nielsen, who he knocked out in 6 add something


The most notable fights were a November 2003 second-round KO loss to future champ Oleg Maskaev , a February 2004 decision loss to fast rising Matt Skelton , and a May 2004 decision loss to Olympic Champion Audley Harrison add something


Matt Skelton - In 2004, he took his first serious step up, at 11-0 taking on ex-British and Commonwealth champion Julius Francis, who he outpointed over 10 rounds


Colin Kenna - After a period of inactivity, in June 2005 he won a points victory over former British and Commonwealth champion Julius Francis


Mavrovic would go on to lose on points to Lennox Lewis in a World title challenge, a fight that Lewis would say in 2006 was "the hardest of my career" add something


Francis appeared to have reached the end of the road in May 2006, when he was outpointed over 4 rounds by unknown Scott Lansdowne add something


In 2007 he participated in a mixed martial arts bout add something


In the summer of 2007, Francis announced that at Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable on 22 September 2007 he would be making his mixed martial arts debut against Gary Turner add something


In early 2009 he began a new career with Fightfit Training a as a Personal trainer/Boxing coach teaching city professionals the art of Boxing add something


In 2012, Francis starred in the stage play "Ring Envy", a modern version of Shakespeare's "Othello" in London, his performance earning praise from the likes of Sylvia Sims add something