In a fight, when a person is outnumbered 10 to 1, the odds seem pretty clear- especially at a bar.
Not so in Russia.
When Nicolai Vlasenko saw a group of men attempting to persuade his wife to join them for drinks, he stepped in- which didn’t sit well with the men. That led the group to invite Vlasenko outside to discuss the matter like men.
In this particular case, the combination of liquid courage and a ‘strength-in-numbers’ mentality led to a false sense security.
Vlasenko didn’t know that these men were part of a local Russian. The gang members didn’t know that Vlasenko was a professional boxer.
Guess what happened next?
From the Daily Mail:
“The men are said to be part of a local gang which has been blamed for a rise in petty crime in the small Russian town.
When Vlasenko told the men to leave his wife alone, the self-declared leader, Leonti Yevdokimov, 33, suggested that he might want to continue the discussion outside.
There were at least ten of them, led by the two who thought they were real big shots,’ eyewitness Eldar Vinogradoff, 27, said.
‘One of them took off his shirt and started squaring up to the boxer, and I don’t think he even knew what hit him when he went down like a bowling pin. A second man tried to kick the boxer and he was floored instantly as well.
‘Then a third man joined in, and he was left staggering and on the point of collapsing after taking three blows to the head and not landing once himself.’”
Two straight knockouts was just enough to convince the gang to leave both Vlasenko and his wife be.
“The gang later then hired a lawyer to file a complaint to the local police that they had been attacked.
However police have said they are taking no action after the CCTV images showed that the man was clearly acting in self-defence and that he had been on his own against nearly a dozen people who were on the other side.
The lawyer for Vlasenko said: ‘My client wasn’t prepared to allow them to harass his wife.”
He sure wasn’t. Good for him.
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