Intended Victim Is A Kickboxing Champion
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.
Shepherd is a five-time world kickboxing champ. Though retired 18 years, he’s been training to become the oldest professional fighter. He has a March bout scheduled.
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.
His message for everyone, no matter how big and tough you are, is you should always be aware of your surroundings.
“I could’ve been worse,” Shepherd said. “He could’ve snipped me, he could’ve shot me, you know? He could’ve had a metal bar.”
There are Attempted to Identify posters swirling social media now.
Although he is still out there, that is not stopping the champion.
Shepherd said he’s been a Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Members since the early 1980s.
“My claim to fame is I beat the guy who knocked out Mike Tyson,” he said with a smile on his face.
He is currently the owner of KickBox-SuperFIT in downtown West Palm Beach. He’s now training to return to the ring as the oldest professional fighter.
The match is set for march.
Meanwhile, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man caught on surveillance video. Investigators believe the man involved is in his twenties and may be homeless.