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61-Year-Old Canadian Boxer Forced To Fight Off 145kg Black Bear While Walking His Dog

Unfortunately for the bear that attacked him, Rick Nelson was very much ready to rumble.

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Snowboarding, skiing, surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, marble racing; here at Mpora, we’re passionate about sport (especially action sports). Boxing however isn’t our cup of tea. It’s not for us. We’re not big fans of it. We’d never tell a boxer this to their face of course because they’d knock our lights clean out, but yeah boxing…it’s a bit meh isn’t it? Two people making knuckle sandwiches out of each other’s faces…honestly, we’d rather watch a red hot nickel ball.

And then, like a feather discarded from a pigeon flying overhead, this story floated into our laps and our views on boxing changed forever. We still don’t think boxing is a fun sport, but we’re now convinced that it’s a useful skill to have up your sleeve if you’re confronted by an angry animal that wants to kill you.

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Rick Nelson, a 61-year-old man from Ontario in Canada, has just protected himself from a 320lb (145kg) black bear using the punching techniques he developed during his years as a boxer.  Nelson was walking his dog when a cub poked its head out from a nearby shrub. Seeing Nelson as a threat to her cub, the mother bear stormed out moments later and attacked him.

Incredibly, Nelson was able to fight off the bear with his bare fists and walk away from the incident with only minor scratches on his face and chest. After suffering several swings of the dog walker’s fist, the bear threw in the towel and walked away from the fight with a bloody nose and, we can only imagine, a sense of wounded pride.

The Government of Ontario and the Canadian Ministry of Forests have stressed that black bear attacks are extremely rare. And, despite his recent run-in with a black bear, Nelson was also keen to point out that he did not want people to fear black bears. Quite frankly, we think people have more reason to be frightened of this man’s incredible fists. Talk about giving Chuck Norris a run for his money.

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