Despite the obvious advantage of entering the Pittsburgh retailer with a gun, would-be robber Leverett Johnson left with serious injuries instead of a pocketful of cash. The reason, KDKA reports, is that the man behind the counter was not an ordinary store clerk – he was decorated boxer and Olympic hopeful Eric Sydnor.
“I won the Golden Gloves once and made it to the finals three times,” he said of his short pugilistic career.
Instead of capitulating to the armed man’s demands, Sydnor told reporters that he did what came natural to him and made quick work of the outmatched thug.
“He got slammed,” the boxer recalled.
Unfortunately, Johnson was able to get in a few moves of his own during the altercation, apparently biting Sydnor’s hands and potentially threatening his aspirations to compete as an Olympian. The boxer is not worried, though, expressing his confidence that he will be ready to train when the time comes.
As for his brave move against an armed assailant, Sydnor said he reacted instinctively to protect himself and the store.
“It’s like one of those things where it was a blur what exactly was going on,” he said.
Trainer Jose Caraballo knows what Sydnor is capable of, asserting that the suspect “picked the wrong guy and store to walk into that night.”
In the end, though, the boxer insisted that his athleticism and training played no part in his decision to stand up to the criminal.
“The fact that I’m a boxer had nothing to do with anything,” he concluded. “It’s just what’s right and what’s wrong.”
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H/T: The Blaze
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