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Florida mugger attacks limping 68-year-old Steve Shepherd. He was five-time world kick-boxing champion

  • The mugger slammed a bottle over the head of Steve Shepherd, who responded with a right cross to the attacker’s head, and a smashing hook to his ribs
PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 January, 2019, 5:49am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 January, 2019, 3:58pm

A Florida mugger picked the wrong senior citizen to attack.

The Palm Beach Post reports 68-year-old Steve Shepherd was limping to his car last week, a pulled muscle impairing his stride, when a mugger hit him in the head with a bottle and demanded his cellphone.

Bad choice.

Shepherd is a five-time world kick-boxing champ. Though retired 18 years, he’s been training to return to the ring as the oldest professional fighter. He has a March bout scheduled.

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Shepherd threw a right cross to the attacker’s head, and then smashed a hook to his ribs, crumpling him. Bystanders interceded and the man escaped. Shepherd suffered a ruptured eardrum, a cut and bruise.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office says security video shows the attacker is about 20 and had prowled the area for hours, seeking a victim.